Over the past week almost a dozen of you have forwarded the New York Times article to us, “Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show.” That is a very encouraging thing! Not the fact that we as a country are drinking dirty water, but that you as citizens are becoming more and more aware about the issues threatening our water resources. Keep it up!
According to the article, “More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.”
From the Edisto River, to Bushy Park Reservoir (off the Cooper River), to an underground aquifer, we get our drinking water from a variety of natural sources throughout the region. It is imperative that we keep our waterways clean in order to keep our drinking water clean. At the same time though, we must hold government agencies accountable for enforcing laws that protect our water. Without strong enforcement, violations can occur, and we as the public will bear the burden. It is our goal to see that your right to clean water is protected.