Recent news in regards to public water managing, filtration, and distribution has made experts ask some big questions. In return, public awareness is finally being set on an issue which has been around for decades: our tap water is not really okay to drink.
Just because tap water is not always rust colored, it does not mean that it is safe to drink. To a point, it almost feels like a betrayal of sorts. After all, there is no such thing as free tap water. People pay taxes which cover the installation and then management of water distribution. However, what is there to be said when the average citizen finds out that drinking the tap water they paid for has a risk of making them sick.
The level of sickness may differ, however, the issue is not localized in a few towns or cities. Summed up, the United States loses between $600 million and $2 billion every year. Those hard-earned dollars are spent on medical bills. Realistically, there is no way that yearly water filtration and maintenance would sum up to that high of a number.
Infections from drinking tap water could cause anything from causing vulnerabilities to stronger bacteria, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, to hepatitis, to increasing antibiotic resistance, another issue with which the United States has been struggling with for the past couple of decades.
In short, tap water would be better off labeled as water-flavored bacteria.
Public And Tap Water Throughout The United States
Tap water is not the only H2O source that is negatively affected by poor infrastructure management. Public water is also ridden with bacteria. Public swimming pools, fountains, even the small drinking fountains in parks all come with the increased risk of infecting us with a multitude of bacteria.
A grim example would be the case of a young woman diagnosed with a virus frequently present in unclean waters soon after just being sprinkled on by a nearby park fountain. The bacteria got onto her hands and she did not consider using hand sanitizer. Doctors diagnosed her and many others soon after.
Nevertheless, now that there is starting to be an increase in awareness, petitions will be signed, motions will be set, meetings will be had in courts of law. It may be some time until tap water will be again drinkable but we are certainly headed in the right direction.