Water Contamination

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In 1996, the United States experienced one of its greatest cases of water contamination. The contamination took place in Hinkley, California and started in 1952 when the town’s groundwater was contaminated with hexavalent chromium by a utility known as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The town was completely unaware of this constant contamination by PG&E until a woman by the name of Erin Brockovich realized that that chromium in the water may be linked to multiple cases of tumors and other medical problems with some of the townspeople. In 1996, she brought this case to court and it resulted in a legal case against PG&E and a $333 million dollar settlement. Although situations similar to this keep occurring in the United States today, the U.S has one of the cleanest and safest public drinking water supplies in the world. “Over 286 million Americans get their tap water from a community water system. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates drinking water quality in public water systems and sets maximum concentration levels for water chemicals and pollutants.”(Authors name and date is N/A, Water-related Diseases and Contaminants in Public Water Systems, 2/18/14, http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/public/water_diseases.html) Although the United States provides reliable and safe water, there is still need for improvement to stop these preventable incidents of water contamination. Year after year, the United States experiences numerous water contaminations that bring negative effects, both environmental and economic, to the nation and its people but there are a plethora of solutions to help solve this problem. To completely understand this issue, the process of how typical United States water is filtered and treated mu... ... middle of paper ... ... that produce these harmful contaminates to stop allowing chemical waste to enter U.S water supplies. Lastly, the U.S may need to completely update their entire water infrastructure because the current water infrastructure has many flaws. These main flaws are that the current water treatment process is not one hundred percent effective, the chemicals used to treat contaminates can create chemical by-products that pose a threat to human health, and there is many problems, including lead, in the piping system. Although creating and implementing a completely new and up to date water infrastructure may be extremely pricy, some believe it is what is necessary to have healthier and cleaner water. Water is essential is all livings and is a crucial component to everyday life. The United States needs to put a higher emphasis on cleaner water because of its major importance.
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