Safe Drinking Water Act

Safe Drinking Water Act - Kristen Webbers February 16, 2011...

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Kristen Webbers February 16, 2011 GCH-360 Assignment #1 Provisions and Importance of the Safe Drinking Water Act By: Kristen Webbers Water sources in the United States, whether they are publicly or privately owned, are accessed by “millions of Americans…[from their] public water systems every day” (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2011). With so many readily available sources of drinking water to the public, there is a heightened risk for individuals to consume various contaminants from public water systems, potentially causing harmful effects to their health from doing so. According to the guidelines of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), in order to ensure the quality and safe consumption of the nation’s drinking water, the United States Environment Protection Agency (US EPA) is held responsible for controlling “the level [of] contaminants found in drinking water” (US EPA, 2011). Initially, the Safe Drinking Water Act “was passed in 1974 to regulate the nation's public drinking water supply” (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2004) and to “protect the public’s health” (US EPA, 2011), however, the law was ultimately amended in 1986 and again in 1996 to broaden its guidelines to include the protection of “drinking water and its sources…” to include rivers, ponds, etc. (US EPA, 2011). Just as
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