The Toxic Waters series continues to raise serious questions about water quality in the USA. Elevating the issue to the forefront of the national news has lent momentum to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s stated commitment to improve drinking water quality standards and enforcement.
I look at it as another call to action to protect our watersheds, lobby for enforcement of our existing clean water regulations, and support upgrades to our water and sewer infrastructure. It matters what you throw on the ground, in the sewer, and on your lawn. Whatever you put down could ultimately end up in your drinking water source and add to the cost of your water treatment. We need to be willing to pay more for our tap water in order to assure that it’s clean. It’ll still be a bargain at prices 100s of times cheaper than bottled water. Let’s not give up and rely on bottled water which has already been shown to wasteful – that’s not a sustainable option. And don’t forget that you don’t know what’s in bottled water either.
The good news is that 87% of the people in the USA have clean drinking water. Links to find out about your own water quality and water filtration options are provided in the New York Times article, “Is Your Water Safe“. The small percentage of people whose drinking water doesn’t consistently meet EPA standards should definitely consider home water filtration – it’s the greenest and most economical option.