Call for Safe Drinking Water for Everyone

United States Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Throughout the United States, many people do not feel safe drinking their tap water. Unfortunately, these concerns are well-founded. Polluters are releasing dangerous contaminants into groundwater and waterways, endangering drinking water and increasing treatment costs. Not only is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slow to identify and set standards for new drinking water threats, action on known pollutants in drinking water is abysmally slow.

Join us in calling for EPA and Congress to address this problem. To clean up our ongoing drinking water disasters and avoid new ones, we must protect source water, expedite the creation of protective standards, invest in new infrastructure, and support the precautionary principle for potential new contaminants.

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    To: United States Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    From: [Your Name]

    Throughout the United States, many people do not feel safe drinking their tap water. Unfortunately, these concerns are well-founded. Polluters are releasing dangerous contaminants into groundwater and waterways, endangering drinking water and increasing treatment costs. Not only is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slow to identify and set standards for new drinking water threats, action on known pollutants in drinking water is abysmally slow.

    I am calling on U.S. EPA and Congress to address this problem. To clean up our ongoing drinking water disasters and avoid new ones, we must protect source water, expedite the creation of protective standards, invest in new infrastructure, and support the precautionary principle for potential new contaminants.

    We must:
    + Stop contamination at the source: clean up all contaminated industrial sites to health-based and environmental standards; set and enforce stringent standards for polluters releasing contaminants to waterways and groundwater; maintain broad Clean Water Act protections for our nation’s streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands; and, robustly enforce Clean Water Act protections for all waterways.
    + Update our standards to be fully protective of human health and the environment: fully fund investigations into emerging contaminants; and, implement new Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act Standards.
    + Invest in clean water infrastructure: rebuild water delivery systems to take out lead-contaminated and leaking pipes; modernize municipal drinking water systems to remove all dangerous contaminants; and, update wastewater treatment systems and stormwater collection systems to prevent the release of sewage and industrial waste to waterways.
    + Take precautionary action to stop the spread of drinking water contaminants:
    study potential water contaminants before they become a widespread problem; and, require companies to demonstrate that new chemicals and substances will not become a widespread water quality and drinking water contaminant.