I’ve never wavered on my opinion about drinking tap water over bottled water for reasons that include BPA, an abundance of trash and the simple waste-factor. While I still believe in filtered tap water, new studies are becoming rather alarming.
Recently, in my home state of Ohio, the EPA reportedly found pollutants in all 30 of the landfill facilities they investigated. Each landfill has waste-collection systems, ponds or pumps that make it possible to draw water (the other 25 do not). But the concern is clear – all were found to contain arsenic, benzene and vinyl chloride (all suspected carcinogens) as well as lead (which can cause brain and nervous system damage).
In addition, as many as 29 pollutants were found at levels that exceed drinking-water health limits and pollution standards for streams, and it poses a hazard when it’s released into groundwater or surface water. Simply put, this is polluting our environment, our soil, our wildlife and our families.
This makes my stomach churn and I have an instant headache. Suddenly my glass of water doesn’t look so tasty!
But all joking aside, it makes me wonder when, or if, we will ever be able to drink water and not feel that we are potentially drinking a glass full of toxins at the same time. To me it means the EPA needs to “step up” and enact tougher standards to prevent this awful contamination, and violators needed to be assessed astronomical fines until they cut it out! WHERE exactly are we supposed to get clean water otherwise?
To make matters worse, my husband also sent me an article from the New York Times regarding data compiled on more than 200,000 facilities that have permits to discharge pollutants. Permits to discharge pollutants?!? “Permit” and “pollutants” should never even be in the same sentence.
The database comes from the Environmental Protection Agency and the California State Water Resources Control Board and includes businesses and industry in every state of the US. Take a look, check your zip code and I hope you aren’t as shocked as I was.
To me, this says we sure have a long way to go.