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Posted on Jun 21, 2010

What is the Government Doing to Update Water Contamination Laws?

Water contamination has people worried. Parents are rushing out to purchase water filtration devices to protect their families from toxic water contamination that may be coming out of their water faucets at home. People are using bottled water because they believe it is better than tap water.

The government has established agencies to protect the environment, including the water that your family drinks. The government realizes how contaminants in water can be extremely dangerous. Contaminants can come from runoff from cropland, spills in groundwater next to industrial companies, and flushing of medication or household chemicals by private citizens. The U.S. government has established agencies to protect us from everything from air pollution to groundwater contamination.

One agency that works to protect water from contamination is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Clean Water Act was established as a law to prevent water pollution. The Clean Water Act also regulates the quality of surface water. It has established that it is unlawful to dispose of any pollutant into “navigable waters.” Navigable waters are bodies of water that flow between states.

There have been several Supreme Court rulings that have limited the EPA’s ability to enforce the Clean Water Act. These rulings were established in 2001 and 2006. These Supreme Court rulings changed the definition of “navigable” waters to not include wetlands, streams, and ponds. In 2008, the definition of navigable waters was changed back to include wetlands, streams, and ponds that the Clean Water Act was to protect. Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) brought the issue to the House of Representatives by introducing it as new legislation.

This legislation restored the Clean Water Act and allowed the EPA to protect streams, lakes, and shorelines no matter where the pollution may be. The decision reestablished the EPA’s full control in protecting the United States’ waterways from pollution. The decision undid the two previous Supreme Court decisions. One of the reasons the definition of navigable waters was restored was to prevent more draining of the country’s wetlands. Many natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of the Mississippi River showed the need for wetlands. Wetlands are great ways for holding back flood waters that can be caused by a number of natural disasters.

An example of helpful wetlands is the Ogallala Aquifer, a massive shallow wetland that spans seven states. Many wetlands that are part of the Ogallala Aquifer had lost the EPA’s protection because of the Supreme Court rulings of 2001 and 2006. The Ogallala Aquifer provides water to states from Nebraska to Texas. It supplies eight different states with the water they need. The restoration of the Clean Water Act comes after the Ogallala Aquifer has endured years of abuse and neglect. The laws restoring the full power of the Clean Water Act only restore protection to what it once was, but they do nothing about the damage that has been done while the laws were less strict about clean water protection.

The efforts by the U.S. government to protect the quality of public drinking water have not been very effective. Aquasana understands that the EPA is charged with enforcing these regulations to protect the American people, but the need for reliable and healthy water by the public is more demanding than current regulation can live up to. For that reason, Aquasana sells home water filtration systems that satisfy the requirements of homeowners and parents instead of the standards of the government only.

Aquasana has designed water filters that are above the standards of the EPA. They work to design products that will remove the most contaminants possible without removing the natural, healthy minerals found in water. It is a great way to provide you and your family with great quality water without endangering the health of the most important people in your life.

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