Amid the case of lead contamination in Flint, to the black water bursting out of pipes in Texas, and recent chemical pollution in New York; it’s natural to be unsure about the purity and safety of the water gushing out of our taps.
Is it sensible to solely rely on the U.S. government for safe drinking water, or should we take individual safety measures?
In the U.S., the municipal water supplies are regulated by the laws and guidelines enacted by state and federal government authorities. One of the most distinguished regulations was established in 1974—Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
According to The Safety Drinking Water Act, 6 types of contaminants are regulated:
As per a survey conducted recently about the how Americans thought about the US government, only 19% stated that they can trust the government ‘always’ or ‘mostly’. If we look at the past half-century, this has got to be the lowest level of trust among people.
This statistic concludes that in case of a dangerous water pollution, chemical contamination in tap water, or a boil alert, people wouldn’t rely on the government (alone) for protection.
So, what is it that the US citizens can do to protect themselves against drinking contaminated water when government measures seem inadequate? Here are two things:
This can be done by testing the water supply. Apart from illness, water contaminants can have different signs such as odor, color, taste, damage to clothing and skin, etc.
Consider testing if:
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