The Safe Drinking Water Act is a federal law that was enacted in 1974 authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national standards for drinking water and its sources. The EPA is to make sure that these standards are enforced with all public water systems including states, municipalities, and water suppliers. This law does not cover private water wells.
There are approximately 150,000 public water systems in the United States. These systems supply water to more than 300 million people. Public water systems include:
- Systems that provide water to housing communities and apartment buildings
- Systems that provide water to schools, factories, and churches
- Systems that provide water to non-communities such as gas stations and campgrounds
Based on the type of public water system, the EPA has set national standards for allowable contamination levels, testing procedures, and treatment processes. Certain pollutants can make water, which is a necessity for living, extremely dangerous, and federal and state regulations are there to protect you. If your drinking water has been contaminated or you have come in contact with contaminated water by another source you have the ability to recover damages in the event of an injury.
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Symptoms of water contamination
Symptoms of exposure to water that has been contaminated can include the following:
- Skin rashes
- Problems with your stomach or liver
- Difficulty breathing
- Neurological conditions
- Developmental disorders
- Reproductive issues
If you or your loved one have been in contact with water that has been contaminated and suffered either an injury or illness, contact the Raimondo Law Firm for a free consultation. You may be eligible to obtain compensation for your medical costs.