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Drinking Water Regulations: Everything You Need to Know
Monday, October 12, 2020

Do you think about your drinking water? If not, you should.

Many Americans take for granted that the water that comes out of their taps is safe for everything. This includes drinking, bathing, and cleaning. But is it?

Keep reading to learn more!

Dangers of Bad Drinking Water

Houston's press recently announced a 6-year-old child died after drinking the water. What happened? The water supply contained a brain-eating amoeba, which he took in when he drank it.

Now, 8 Texas cities are in a panic about the safety of their drinking water.

In Flint, Michigan, the water became so bad that people could not drink it at all without risking lead poisoning.

This might have you wondering about your drinking water. What regulations governing drinking water exist to keep you safe?

We'll go into them below.

How the Government Keeps You Safe

The United States government takes its role to keep your drinking water supply safe seriously.

In fact, the government established the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate water quality throughout all 50 states.

The United States Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974. This Act intended to secure safe drinking water for everyone living in America and its territories.

It also gave the EPA the power to set the standards for water regulation and enforce it throughout the United States' jurisdiction.

EPA's Standards

So what are these standards?

The EPA actively limits and regulates 90 possible water contaminants. Each water supply in the United States must not exceed the maximum limit of these substances.

They include chemicals such as arsenic, radionuclides, copper, and lead. The EPA also limits microbial elements in your water.

Unregulated Contaminants

But what about all of the other contaminants out there?

That's an excellent question. The EPA recognizes there are more than just 90 types of substances that would be dangerous should it get into your water.

Because of this, it uses a system known as the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule to keep an eye on all other dangers.

Through it, the EPA takes a look at all contaminants not currently monitored. It assesses their presence in the U.S. water supply and develops the Contaminants Candidate List (CCL).

Every five years, the EPA must review the substances suspected to be in U.S. water and adjust their monitoring accordingly.

This ensures that your water stays as clean and safe as possible.

Public Notification Rule

So the EPA regulates water. That's fantastic.

But how will you know if something's wrong?

As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the public must be notified if there is something wrong with their drinking water. That's why within hours, the Houston public knew about the potential for a brain-eating amoeba in their water.

If you want to be absolutely certain your water is safe, you can learn more through the EPA.

Want to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe?

Now that you know more about how drinking water regulations work in the U.S., it's time to make sure your water is safe.

Safe water is crucial to the health of many households. After all, unless you have the funds to go out and buy water bottles for every single household use, your tap water might be your only other option.

When looking for safe water, many families turn to water monitoring systems. Here at Entech Design, we've designed our systems to keep your loved ones safe. Contact us today to learn more!