Skip to content

Water: The Wake-Up Call Goes Unanswered

Last year, I wrote an article for Inc. magazine on entrepreneurs who are addressing some of the big issues around water supply, which for the sake of simplicity can really be boiled down to two: increasing scarcity and decreasing quality.

Since then, I’ve blogged occasionally on the EPA’s extreme lethargy in acting on a long and growing list of potentially dangerous water contaminants.

This year, the NY Times has run a really impressive series of investigative pieces on the U.S. water supply. Earlier this week, the writer of that series, Charles Duhig, reported that “since 2004, the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium, as well as dangerous bacteria often found in sewage.” Fewer than 6 percent of the water systems that broke the law were ever fined or punished by state or federal officials, including those at the EPA. The EPA is promising an overhaul of the way it polices water utilities, but for now, not much has changed since the dismal look-the-other-way Bush years.

In California, one of the places in America where water is a front-of-mind issue, a recently published report by the state’s Public Policy Institute puts the scarcity issue there bluntly: Debunking the myth that “California is running out of water,” the panel of water experts states, “California has run out of abundant water and will need to adapt to increasing water scarcity.” Here’s the story, from KQED Radio.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *