After Mike's recent posts on food safety, he asked, "What's next?" As if on cue, the NY Times has a scary front pager on the safety of our water supply. About 20% of U.S. water treatment systems have violated the Safe Drinking Water Act in the last 5 years, but only a fraction were ever fined or punished. One of the more common violations? Elevated bacterial levels.
It's worrying that one of the more developed nations in the world is having trouble supplying safe water to its citizens. The availability of safe potable water is already a global crisis that will only grow more urgent with time.
On a lighter note, learn more about the importance of safe drinking water from General Ripper.