Following recent reports of City of Redding tapwater being tainted by so-called “forever chemicals”, Redding City Manager Barry Tippin says the alarms are for overblown. The Record Searchlight published a story with sensational and frightening tones based on an EPA study that found the chemical present in a city well. Tippin says that well has been de-activated as a source for municipal water. He adds that the levels of toxins present in the water don’t some near to levels considered dangerous, and only raised EPA interest because of recently tightened standards of allowable parts-per-billion. He said it’s like a grain of salt in an Olympic swimming pool, and the news report was overly sensational.