“According to a New York Times analysis, more than 20% of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, which requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents.” Despite this fact, the water that is supplied through the tap to over 49 million consumers had been previously detected to contain hazardous chemicals such as uranium and hazardous bacteria often related to sewage. But regulatory reports prove that out of all of the water systems that broke the law in violating consumer’s water provided through the tap, fewer than 6% of those systems were reprimanded or forced to pay a fine, which included the Environmental Protection Agency that is among the leading agencies that have the major responsibility in implementing and enforcing government/state standards. What is so shocking to many is the fact that the government’s participation against polluters has declined, which had resulted in many illnesses in consumers due to the water being contaminated with harsh chemicals, according to many studies released. The New York Times conducted an investigation of EPA Data, which showed that the Safe Drinking Water Act is effective in all states even though the systems continue to violate the method and most go unpunished. According to many government officials, the problem that surrounds us is the fact that enforcing water standards in our country is not high on the priority list today, or even over the past several years. Although this statistic is not favorable among many, “the EPA is expected to announce a new policy for how it polices the nation’s 54,700 water systems”. Hopefully, this meeting will better enact the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Source: New York Times; The Jere Beasley Report