IR #3 - outbreaks of waterborne diseases are a common...

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Jake Terefenko OSEH 120 Internet Research Assignment 3 There are many environmental health issues present in the United States today. One of these many issues is contaminated drinking water. Our drinking water could be contaminated with many different pollutants. The EPA ( http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ dwh/contams.html ) says that contaminants come from water eroding rock formations, substances discharged from factories, and fertilizers sprayed on farms. The EPA goes on to say that to find out what is in your drinking water you should look up your local water quality report on their web site. Another website looking into contaminated drinking water is http://www.nutrition4health.org/NOHAnews/NNS95ContaminatedDrinkingWater.html . On their web site they say there are many pollutants in our drinking water including lead, chlorine, pesticides, organic chemicals, and various microorganisms. They also say that
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Unformatted text preview: outbreaks of waterborne diseases are a common occurrence and have involved entire city populations, sometimes leading to serious complications and even fatalities. The potential carcinogenic effects of long-term exposure to certain organic chemicals in our water supplies are under government scrutiny. Both of these websites acknowledge that there is a problem with pollutants in our drinking water supply. They also say that this is under government scrutiny, but there are no regulations regarding drinking water. This topic is related to my major, biology, because contaminants get into the water during the water cycle and during the breakdown on minerals when water moves over rocks underground. Contaminated drinking water should be looked by the government before something catastrophic happens....
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