Millions in U.S. Drink Contaminated Water

Posted by Trish Riley, December 8, 2009

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More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.

…since 2004, the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium, as well as dangerous bacteria often found in sewage.

Studies indicate that drinking water contaminants are linked to millions of instances of illness within the United States each year.

The E.P.A. is expected to announce a new policy for how it polices the nation’s 54,700 water systems.

via Millions in U.S. Drink Contaminated Water, Records Show – Series – NYTimes.com.

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