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Most of the drinking water coming out of QC faucets comes from the Mississippi River.

We're not immune to a spill contaminating our water supply. If a spill happens, the water plants want as much advance warning as possible.

TV-6 investigative reporter Mark Stevens reports that advance warning may not arrive in time.

No drinking water monitoring network exists on the river between the Twin Cities and the Quad Cities. That leaves the water plants vulnerable to spills with no warning.

The sinking of the tow boat Stephen Colby highlights the issue. After it sank, leaking fuel oil was the main concern. In this case there was a quick response and quick notification to the water plants but if something spills in the gap upriver, it may be hours before anybody knows.

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