It’s a sad state of the times when it takes a crisis, compromised health and sometimes death to reveal what we thought was a contained event is effect a wide spread crisis
The Flint Michigan water crisis put the whole country on red alert. It also got a lot of eyes looking at water systems across the nation.
Seek and ye shall find. – Mathew 7:7
Eighteen million Americans live in communities where the water systems are in violation of the law. Moreover, the federal agency in charge of making sure those systems are safe not only knows the issues exist, but it’s done very little to stop them, according to a new report and information provided to CNN by multiple sources and water experts. [SOURCE]
The eighteen million Americans that are at risk to bad water receive their water from one or more of 5,300 water systems in America are in violation of the EPA’s lead and copper rule.
Sip in this (pun intended) – the EPA knows these bad water systems exist.
Some of the known violations like failure to properly test water for lead, failure to report contamination to residents, and failure to treat water properly to avoid lead contamination have gone mostly unpunished by the EPA. An NRDC report revealed states took action in 817 cases; the EPA took action in just 88 cases, according to NRDC’s report.
This information supports notions that there are more contaminated water systems among us that we don’t know about.
If the EPA can’t or won’t protect us we have to protect ourselves.
What can you do to insure you’re not being poisioned by your faucet or showerhead?
The only way you can be sure your water is potable is to have it tested yourself. Obtain a clean water sample (using containers supplied by testing firms) from your own tap and have it tested. The cost should run somewhere in trhe neighborhood of $35.
Next step is to go the website of your local water utility. Every utility is required to test water to meet standards under the Federal Clean Water Act, and to post those test results annually.
There is no central database to go to for all municipalities, which makes it all the more important to check with your local water provider.
The reality of it all is our personal curiosity ,ambition, and concerns for our own safety should me motivation enough to know where your water comes from and if it’s safe for us.[SOURCE]