Since the major news coverage of the Flint, Michigan tap water crisis, many other cities have been coming up in the news questioning their own municipal water supply. With many of the US municipal water systems "coming of age" we will likely be hearing much more news about issues about the health of our drinking water. Because of the outpour of frustration behind Flint many other cities are trying their best to not seek the same fate in the publics eyes. Their solution . . . underreport and systematically downplay the levels of contaminants such as lead and copper in the water.
Scientists have come forward stating that they are seeing blatant "distortion of test data" to make the water in their cities perceive to be healthier than it really is.
The controversial approach to water testing is so widespread that it occurs in “every major US city east of the Mississippi” according to an anonymous source with extensive knowledge of the lead and copper regulations. “By word of mouth, this has become the thing to do in the water industry. The logical conclusion is that millions of people’s drinking water is potentially unsafe.”
It is hard to believe that Flint, Michigan is a one-off case. With many of the major cities east of the Mississippi all under-reporting their levels of dangerous contaminants in the water, its only a matter of time before these reports hit the news stands. There comes a time in the very near future that our cities municipal water systems have run their course and will need to be updated. Original lead piping systems are planned to last between 60-95 years and many of those systems are overdue for an upgrade. We still have many questions to be answered, but its looking as if we will be hearing many more accounts of issues with municipal tap water systems.
In Sebring, Ohio in August of 2015 showed extreme levels of lead in their water because workers stopped adding chemicals that were leading to the pipes corroding faster. It took the city 5 months to recognize the problem and inform the local pregnant women and children to stop drinking the water and turn off public consumption of the water at local schools.
Just last week the city of Los Angeles had to provide bottled water to 5 schools which "mysteriously" were found to have murky water likely linked to the lead piping system.
We posted a blog post last week highlighting the State of Emergency declared in Newburgh, New York because high levels of PFOS in their water supply. http://www.clearlyfiltered.com/blogs/blog/116666884-water-contamination-in-new-york-water-supply
Rules and science are outdated. The E.P.A.’s trigger level for addressing lead in drinking water — 15 parts per billion — is not based on any health threat; rather, it reflects a calculation that water in at least nine in 10 homes susceptible to lead contamination will fall below that standard.
Is it time to hold the EPA accountable for testing and limit standards across the country? Shouldn't these standards be tied to the best interest of the health of the people paying for and consuming the water?
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