If you’re readers of the newspaper like I am, you might have spied an article series by the New York Times talking about water recently.
Feel free to catch up here: http://www.nytimes.com/toxicwaters
The article explores the issue of clean water in America today. We’re seeing greater violations of the Clean Water Act, which is worrying data. Even scarier still, violators aren’t being punished. So what does this mean for the average citizen? It means that we need to start demanding clean water again. Most of us don’t put too much thought into what’s coming out of the tap and the journey it takes to get there. Part of this is a legacy of clean water- it’s something we’re proud of here in America- we trust our utilities to provide us with clean product. And for the most part, they do their level best. Most water infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful lifetime right now, so providers are struggling with out-dated systems. Couple that with a lax corporate attitude toward the environment and we’re seeing our water deteriorate. We need to invest in our water resources and take care of them so we can enjoy clean water in the future, too.
Filthy water cannot be washed. ~African Proverb