It is hard to believe that two decade ago the thought of buying bottled water seemed ludicrous. Today, average price in the US is $2 per liter verses approximately .0005 cents at the tap – and there is really no difference.
If you’re relatively in control of your life, the logical question is who is in control of your water?
Water security worldwide is threatened, more now than in the past 60 years. Public access to clean consumable water is under attack from private water companies; as they grow public access to consumable water supplies will diminish.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supply, is the main federal law that ensures the quality of Americans’ drinking water.
Under SDWA, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards.
In 1976 when the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our nation’s main chemical safety law was passed, 62,000 chemicals were already in use. All of these chemicals were grandfathered by TSCA; that means they were simply presumed to be safe, and EPA was given no mandate to determine whether they are actually safe. Even to require testing of these chemicals under TSCA, EPA must first provide evidence that the chemical may pose a risk – a toxic Catch-22.