Clean Water Is Imperative For Survival

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Clean water is imperative for survival. In the United States people use clean water for drinking, household needs, agriculture, recreation, industry and commerce and thermoelectricity (CDC). Clean drinking water is most important, because if drinking water becomes contaminated, it becomes a serious health hazard. One of the most dangerous contaminates to human health is lead. Lead is considered a dangerous heavy metal contaminate. Lead in drinking water can have adverse effects on both children and adults (EPA). Approximately 18 million Americans are provided drinking water that violates the federal laws for lead levels (guardian). This means approximately 18 million adults and or children could be suffering from the dangerous effects. In…show more content…
The EPA has only taken action in 88 of these regulation violation cases. In many of these cases, it is clear that the EPA has knowledge of utilities using flawed or questionable water quality test methods, and utilities which fail to meet the standards (CNN). The water contamination in Flint Michigan is a great example of the EPA’s neglect for the standards set. Two years ago, the Michigan state government switched Flint’s water supply from Lake Heron to the Flint River to save the state money. This switch occurred, even though the Flint River was known locally for its contaminations. The Flint River is know to have highly corrosive levels, 19 times higher than in the Lake Heron water supply. This became a major problem when the Department of Environmental Quality did not treat the Flint River water with an anti-corrosion agent. The water mains in Flint were made of iron, which was corroded by the water from the river. Approximately half of Flint’s residence home service lines were pipes made with lead. The corrosive property of the river water lead to large amounts of lead to seep into the water supply. This problem continued for two years, but state officials assured residence that everything was fine. Even with outside researchers reports, which refuted the safety of the water, the state assured its residence that their investigations were more accurate. Tests for this
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