Water Contamination

The US has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world. In the United States it is the EPA or Environmental Protection Agency that set the standard of water quality.

The taste of drinking water varies from state to state and city to city. It depends on the condition of the source water, and the treatment the water receives. The CDC Center for Disease Control will consult, track and research what contaminants pose a threat to our health.

Even though the US is recognized as having some of the safest drinking water on the planet it is possible for water contamination to occur. There are different contamination sources including:

  • Malfunctioning of wastewater treatment systems.
  • Manufacturers processes might release toxins.
  • Human carelessly flushing pills or cooking oil.
  • Chemicals used in some fertilizers.
  • Sewage toxic releases.

There is no evidence showing anyone has gotten COVID-19 through drinking water, recreational water, or wastewater.

The risk of COVID-19 transmission through water is expected to be low. Source CDC.gov

In addition, water which is not treated properly or water that has travelled through an inefficiently maintained system of distribution might also become the cause of contamination. Some contaminants if not filtered properly are capable of severe health problems including neurological disorders, reproductive issues, and gastrointestinal disease. Immunocompromised persons, the elderly, pregnant women, young children, and infants might be more susceptible to contaminants in unfiltered or improperly treated water.

Water Testing

It is the EPA that sets regulations and standards for the levels and standards of more than ninety contaminants in drinking water including cryptosporidium, salmonella and E.coli.

EPA

The EPA or Environmental Protection Agency was established by President Richard Nixon’s executive order. It is a US federal government’s agency whose mission is concerned with the protection of environmental and human health. Its headquarters are in Washington D.C. and it is accountable for creating laws and standards that promote the health of environmen.

EPA was actually created in response to public environmental concerns that acquired significant momentum in the mid-20th century. From the creation of EPA, it has had the objective of conserving and protecting the natural environment, and improving the health of individuals by researching the impacts of and imposing limitations on pollutants. The use of pollutants and chemicals, distribution, processing, and manufacturing are regulated by the EPA. It enforces its standards and findings through sanctions, fines, and other procedures.

CDC

CDC or Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is accountable for the handling and management of the spread of different infectious diseases. In addition they offer assistance and consultation to other international agencies and nations for assessing in the improvement of disease control and prevention.

 

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2 comments

  • How can I find out what contaminants are in my community drinking water?

    msmith
  • Well it is interesting to know that America has safe water. I am sure flint Michigan would beg to differ. I’ve googled states and the results were: according to a report by the EWG, the top 10 states with the most contaminants in their drinking water were California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Illinois…Even the EWG has ignored flint Michigan.Climate change impacts the world’s water in considerable ways too.

    tracey

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