While necessary to all life on Earth, water can spread diseases and cause major health problems. In the following Q&A, water experts from Green Water Technologies offer general information regarding water contamination and safety.
Q: The EPA regulates water in the US, so why is water quality still an issue?
Green Water Technologies: The EPA regulates the water quality of municipal water supplies, but 15% of all people in the US rely on private water sources such as wells. Even homes with a public water supply are not immune from contamination; the EPA only monitors water from treatment facilities, it cannot track potential chemical, bacterial, viral, or parasitic intrusions in every pipe in America. Plus, homes built prior to the mid-1980s often run lead and copper pipes, which can add these heavy metals to the home’s water supply.