How Safe Is Your Facility’s Water Supply?
Eight percent of U.S. water systems don’t meet federal safety standards
Is the water system for your facility keeping out contaminants? If your building has been regularly maintained and is in an urban or suburban area, its water supply is most likely safe. However, if you maintain an aging facility, or one in a rural area, your water supply may not meet federal standards, CNN reports.
Since Flint, MI, made the news several years ago for its unsafe drinking water, testing in other towns and facilities, including schools, has revealed unsafe levels of lead, copper, and other contaminants. Recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports have found nearly a third of the nation’s public water systems had at least one violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and nearly 8 percent had violations of health-based standards. The EPA says the nation needs US$743 billion to fix its water system, especially in rural and low-income areas.
The EPA and the federal government offer grants and loans to help affected cities and towns fix their water infrastructures. But there aren’t enough funds to fix aging pipes in every building, so the responsibility ultimately falls to property owners.