Drinking Water Is Not As Safe As We Thought
Drinking Water Is Not At Safe As We Thought
A study administrated by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) tested water across the United States and ranks Florida second for having the worst drinking water.
About 19.5 million Americans get sick each year from pathogens found in contaminated public drinking water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies and regulates around 100 contaminants, such as toxic chemicals, radioactive elements, and metals, to ensure drinking water quality.
However, the data shows the immediate need for a culture change at the EPA and state regulatory bodies. Violations need to be taken seriously and when there is a public health threat it must be addressed promptly.
The top five states with SDWA violations by population in 2015 were:
- New Jersey