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Posted on Jun 1, 2010

How Can What is Being Done in California’s Green Chemistry Project Help the Rest of Us Have Clean Drinking Water?

The problem of contamination of the public water systems that provides drinking water to families is not one that is happening in just one part of the country or in one state of the union. In every city and every state, private citizens and government officials are working to find solutions to the degradation of their clean drinking water supplies by pollution and water contamination. It pays to work together so that when progress is made in one part of the country, everybody benefits in this shared quest for clean drinking water.

In many ways, California is often on the leading edge of the quest to find ways to live more in harmony with the environment and to find ways to fight contamination of clean drinking water. Part of that is due to the innovative and creative nature of the state’s inhabitants. There is no question, however, that if California has made some progress in finding ways to turn back the decline in the quality of clean drinking water in their state, it would be wise for the rest of the nation to pay attention and learn some lessons on how to accomplish those goals.

One major push toward getting California back to a condition of providing genuinely clean drinking water to its citizens is called the Green Chemistry project. As is appropriate, the first stages of the Green Chemistry project consisted of studies into the extent of water contamination and the impact of the decline in clean drinking water on all aspects of the environmental picture.

The results were grim, showing that the continued slide in the quality of the public water supply affected the overall environment along with the quality of life for California citizens. For a state like California, where the natural beauty and productivity of the land and other natural resources are central to what makes the state successful, turning back the decline in the quality of clean drinking water is a major priority for the citizens and the business and political communities of the state.

One surprise in the studies done by the Green Chemistry project in California was that industrial pollution and contamination of the water from agriculture did not dominate the causes of the pollution of clean drinking water. The studies showed that contamination of clean drinking water by private citizens through their use of chemicals, as well as pharmaceutical water contamination, played just as big a part in the problem of water contamination.

The managers of the Green Chemistry project did not approach the problem of water contamination in isolation. They examined the lifecycle of many of the products used by private citizens and addressed making changes in the contaminants used in those products so that the end result was a net improvement in the quality of drinking water in California.

The end result of the project was an initiative that did not impose harsh lifestyle changes on the citizens to realize improvements in their drinking water quality. By improving the products being used by Californians, a balance is being sought so that citizens can sustain their quality of life but do so in ways that do not continue to poison the water that the state and its citizens depend on.

The approach of the Green Chemistry project is a model for other states, because the more that states work together to encourage manufacturers of products used in the home to avoid chemicals that could have a toxic impact on clean drinking water, the better. Even with proactive public programs like the Green Chemistry project underway, it is the responsibility of homeowners to live green for the environment and for the sake of eventually securing clean drinking water for everyone.

That progress will come slow, so in the interim it is prudent to invest in a home water filtration system like those that Aquasana can show you. Having this kind of system in place will give you and your family clean drinking water now and for a long time to come. That way, you have the luxury to wait for government and private industry to catch up with the public’s need for clean drinking water in every state of the union.

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