San Carlos, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2013
August is National Water Quality Month which aims at increasing awareness and emphasis on the importance of water quality as it relates to human health, sanitation, geography, urbanization and sustainability.
There are over 160,000 public water systems in the United States alone. With a number this large, it stands to reason that some of these public water systems have been found to violate the maximum contaminant levels or treatment standards. In fact, in 2011 according to the EPA, there were 8,322 reported violations of maximum contaminant levels affecting 14,915,599 people. All told there was a total 109,167 violations in 2011. (See Sources Below.)
These numbers are particularly troubling where communities must rely on contaminated ground water. For example, in California there are 680 community water systems, which are forced to rely solely upon a contaminated groundwater source; nearly 40% of these systems were reported to have been in violation of contamination according to the California Department of Public Health. (See Sources Below.)
To further complicate matters, in some of California's fastest growing regions, such as Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley, it is estimated that one in every three domestic wells has nitrate contamination in levels that far exceed public health limits. This has led to strict standards requiring municipal water systems to be responsive to the need for increased testing and treatment. But is it enough?
Many communities don’t have the funds to upgrade their water systems and their consumers receive water above the MCL standard. So point of use water treatment offers the best alternative for these communities. Point of use treatment also assures that the water is not “re-contaminated” as it is distributed from the centralized treatment plant to the end user.
According to H. Martin Jessen, Vice President o
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