WATER SYSTEMS IN AMERICA COMPROMISED
Over 5,000 water systems in America are corroded by lead and copper. A CNN investigative report found that not only is this problem known by the states, but nothing has been done to stop it. In terms of enforcing water safety regulations, states are the first line of defense, followed by the Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA. According to a report by the NRDC, in cases of lead contamination, states investigated 817 cases while the EPA took on just 88. There is also the problem of utilities utilizing methods of testing that allow them to pass the EPA’s tests for lead and copper corrosion. As a result, the EPA has said that there may be even more communities with corroded water than originally estimated.