The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) originally passed in 1984 by United States Congress was established to regulate the drinking water of this nation. Amendments were made in 1986 and 1996 to further protect this favorite beverage and its sources - lakes, reservoirs, ground water wells, rivers, streams, and springs.
Under the SDWA the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to set safe standards to protect us against unsafe water. The EPA works together with states and utility companies to make sure the standards are met in each locality.
The Safe Drinking Water Act applies to every public system in the U.S. if it services more than 25 people. It was established to protect us against natural occurring contaminates, such as arsenic, mercury, lead, oil and animal waste and also man made substances such as improperly disposed of chemicals, weed killers, pesticides, fertilizers, and pharmaceutical drugs.
The act also regulates the distribution system to be sure they are properly maintained and staffed with qualified people. Training is provided to ensure our taps have healthy liquid coming out of them when we turn them on.
When I read statements from the U.S. EPA Report Summary, such as "Each year in the U.S., lead in drinking water contributes to 480,000 cases of learning disorders in children and 560,000 cases of hypertension in adult males", I wonder why isn't the SDWA taking care of this.
With all the standards and measures they have set up for our protection, why isn't it working? Why do we still have over 2100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer in our drinking water?
I think one of the reasons is there are over 160,000 public water systems they are trying to regulate and their just isn't even man power or funds to oversee them all properly.
There is not a whole a lot I can do to enforce the Safe Drinking Water Act. Instead I have chosen to install a home water filter to purify what comes out of my tap so I have a healthy drink to quench my thirst.
You can do the same. Check out my web site in the bio section below to learn more about home water filters and to find the system I trust.