Nearly five decades ago, the United States established the Clean Water Act of 1972, followed by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Not only were these moves heralded, but they made many people feel much better moving forward with their lives, assuming that their water was clean and drinkable. Why, then, are Americans still facing serious concerns over the safety of their water supply in places like Penn Township, Pennsylvania, Flint, Michigan, and Southern New Jersey? The answer is simple: Plenty of drinking water is of poor quality at best, and toxic at worst.
Most people are accustomed to using their tap water to enjoy a cool drink, to brush their teeth, bathe or cook, all the while not realizing that they may be exposing themselves and their loved ones to unwanted substances. These items include perfluorinated chemicals (PFAs), solvents, lead, and even fecal matter. PFAs are in the bloodstream of 98 percent of children and adults residing in the United States. They break down very slowly in and out of the body and are known to cause significant health issues.
Contamination may start as run-off from the soil, discharges into the air, or dumping. Other reasons sources include fracking, which has been debated widely in Pennsylvania. Certain municipalities have outdated water conveyance systems that allow seepage of chemicals and fecal matter to make their way into what should be potable water.
The list of medical conditions potentially associated with drinking water that contain PFAs like PFOA, PFOS and other toxins is lengthy. In fact, contaminated drinking water has been linked with liver and pancreas disease, infant developmental problems, compromised immune function, disrupted endocrine functioning, and various cancers.
There are ways to prevent contaminated water systems, including replacement of lead pipes and fixing deteriorating water mains. Active testing and treatment processes can help eliminate the possibility for contamination. Such measures can help keep people safe from diseases due to contaminated water.
The Pennsylvania water contamination lawyers at Williams Cedar are dedicated to fighting against this crisis. If you believe you have been the victim of water contamination anywhere in the U.S., contact our team to arrange a free consultation by calling 215-557-0099 or 856-470-9777 or contact us online. Located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and nationwide.