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Falls Lake is required to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's most basic water classification determined by the Clean Water Act--that it be swimmable and fishable. But the lake doesn't meet that standard. Since 2010, Falls Lake, including the lower portion where Raleigh gets its drinking water, has failed state and federal water quality standards. The Falls Lake rules are supposed to fix that.
Rules to cleanup Falls Lake are set, but the important source of water remains a mess. The water is not swimmable or drinkable and does not meet water quality standards set by the EPA. Raleigh and Durham are fighting over who is responsible and who will pay for the cleanup. Durham questions whether the cleanup is worth the cost and Raleigh supports the cleanup and plan as Falls Lake supplies water to the city. The details of the plan, the history of the disaster, and the fight over it are explained.