Drinking water is a fundamental need and right. When we turn on our faucets, we expect the water that flows to be pure and safe. However, new research from the University of New Mexico sounds the alarm on a hidden danger lurking in many water sources across the US.
OnderLaw is at the forefront of advocating for victims of negligence and unsafe conditions. We are deeply concerned about the safety of the water millions of Americans consume daily.
The Startling Findings
The recently published paper in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology reveals that numerous wells and community water systems across the country contain unsafe levels of carcinogens. Johnnye Lewis, a co-author of the study, stated that several contaminants, including arsenic, uranium, fracking fluids, lead, nitrates, and more, are frequently found at unsafe levels. Particularly troubling is the presence of “forever chemicals” (PFAS) linked to numerous health issues.
It’s alarming to learn that the very essence of life – water – may carry elements that could harm our health.
The Mysterious Mixtures
A significant cause for concern is how these chemicals interact when mixed. Limited studies have been done on this topic, making it even more vital to take precautions and invest in research. As Lewis mentioned, “a mixture is not the same in one community as it is in the next.” This unpredictability is what makes the issue even more pressing.
A Nationwide Concern
While larger water systems may have the capability to remove or dilute some of these chemicals, not all Americans are lucky enough to have such advanced infrastructure. With over 43 million Americans relying on private wells and 320 million depending on community water systems, the scale of potential risk is vast.
The Way Forward
The findings underline an urgent need to invest in upgrading our drinking water infrastructure and to implement more stringent chemical safety testing. As the study’s authors point out, factors like drought can increase the demand for water, making the task of ensuring clean sources even more challenging.
At OnderLaw, we believe that every individual has the right to clean and safe drinking water. We stand ready to support victims of unsafe water consumption and will continue to raise awareness about this crucial issue.