The U.S. has thousands of rivers, lakes, and other smaller bodies of water that nourish its lands, but who is actually responsible in protecting these flowing sources of life? An article from the IPSNews.net by Naveena Sadasivam revealed how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is having a hard time in establishing its exact jurisdiction in which bodies of water it’s supposed to defend against pollution:
For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.
Efforts in Congress to clarify the EPA’s powers have been defeated. And two Supreme Court decisions have done little to decide the question.
The EPA was authorized by the Clean Water Act of 1972, to protect the “waters of the United States”—a statement that is quite vague and open to interpretation, thereby getting in the way of the EPA’s mission to safeguard the country’s creeks, lakes, and rivers. Since all cases of water pollution can’t be dealt with by the EPA, every American should do his or her part to preserve natural water resources.
Providing clean water to an individual home is not as easy as it looks considering the treatment process that tap water needs to go through. Needless to say, providing clean water to millions of homes, commercial establishments, and facilities is even harder. Although 90% of public water meets the standards set by the EPA for safety, there are still steps that residents and business owners alike can take to improve water quality in their community. One of these steps is installing either residential or commercial reverse osmosis systems.
There are special types of water filter technologies, including (1) activated carbon particles that remove contaminants; (2) deionization, which removes mineral salts; (3) distillation, which removes bacteria, viruses and chemicals; (4) mechanical filters, which remove sediments and other natural contaminants; and the (5) reverse osmosis system, which can remove contaminants. These types are mostly available from water filtration technologies providers like AXEON Water Technologies. For instance, a quality reverse osmosis machine is a special commercial water filter system that can support an entire municipality.
Everyone has the right to clean water and health. Invest in effective, high-quality water filter systems, and you invest in lives.
(Source: Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution, Inter Press Service News Agency, July 29, 2014)