15 August 2012

Water: The Elixer of Life or Death?


What’s in Your Water

The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks — and still be legal. Examine whether contaminants in your water supply met two standards: the legal limits established by the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the typically stricter health guidelines. The data was collected by an advocacy organization, the Environmental Working Group, who shared it with The Times.
Read the story: Tap Water Can Be Unhealthy but Still Legal

... or view the largest water systems in the nation

  1. 1. New York City-Catskill/Delaware SystemBronx County (Serves 6,552,718 people)
  2. 2. City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Water & PowerLos Angeles County (Serves 3,828,700 people)
  3. 3. ChicagoCook County (Serves 2,896,016 people)
  4. 4. City of Houston Public Works Dept.Harris County (Serves 2,700,000 people)
  5. 5. San Francisco Regional Water SystemSan Mateo County (Serves 2,500,000 people)
  6. 6. Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Authority - Main SystemMiami-Dade County (Serves 2,100,000 people)
  7. 7. Massachusetts Water Resources AuthoritySuffolk County (Serves 2,000,000 people)
  8. 8. Washington Suburban Sanitary CommissionMontgomery County (Serves 1,800,000 people)
  9. 9. Baltimore CityBaltimore City County (Serves 1,600,000 people)
  10. 10. Philadelphia Water DepartmentPhiladelphia County (Serves 1,600,000 people)

ALSO IN THIS SERIES »

  • Graphic_icon Clean Water Act Violations: The Enforcement Record
    The New York Times surveyed violations of the Clean Water Act in every state, and the response by state regulators.
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    Video_icon Tainted Tap Water
    In Maywood, Ca, located near downtown Los Angeles, tap water often comes out brown and contains harmful levels of dangerous chemicals.

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