Health-Risk Pathogens Contaminate Community Water Sources
The Combined Surface, Ground Water, and Filter Backwash Rules of the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act are meant to protect people and systems from these pathogens. However, in 2015 alone there were 5,979 violations (1,790 health-based) at community water systems serving 17,312,604 people (5,336,435 health-based). Formal enforcement was taken in 13.7 percent of cases (28.2 percent of health-based cases).
Cryptosporidium or Giardia can cause severe gastrointestinal distress, nausea, and diarrhea. They can cause serious, life-threatening infections for the very young, elderly, and immune-compromised.
All buildings that are connected to community water systems are potentially susceptible to this same challenge. Reports of clean water violations and the presence of Cryptosporidium or Giardia have been made across the country.
Natural Resources Defense Council - Threats on Tap: Widespread Violations Highlight Need for Investment in Water Infrastructure and Protections https://www.nrdc.org/resources/threats-tap-widespread-violations-water-infrastructure
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