How Public Drinking Waters Can Be Contaminated

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Many Americans have been become sick, stricken with anger as their children become ill, and worse -death by the surrounding contaminated waters that continue to pop up around our fifty states. Some claim current regulations are not being met, nor do they feel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enough authority to proceed with the pollution at hand. On the other end of the spectrum, proponents in the debate believe the EPA have far too much authority, and that there are “too many regulations” handed out by the federal government (Facts on File, 1). Three main ways our public drinking waters can become contaminated are by agricultural runoff, which have effects that go all the way from the effects of the remnants left behind from sprayed pesticides and unmanaged animal feces. Second, we have an oil and coal industry that just never stops. What comes from our oil industry ultimately ends up changing and altering the biology of the surrounding water with thermal pollution, and in some cases I have seen this reported as just as if not more damaging than bacterial or sedimentary pollution. The coal industry pollutes surrounding waters with sulfides from leaching. Illustrations are given below. Without a, thorough process to filter the contaminants out of the surface and ground waters surrounding these farmlands, it is my belief we are largely overproducing on these lands with meats and all other grown goods. This comes at a rate that surpasses the technology to keep
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