Do you live in the state of Florida? Do you ever wonder if it’s safe to drink the tap water? Do you have concerns for one reason or another? Are are curious about the water problems in Florida?
Well, there’s something you need to know: according to a recent study, Florida’s drinking water is rated the second worst in the country.
The Natural Resources Defense Council took the time to test water from across the country in 2015. It’s findings were far less than acceptable, with more than 80,000 noted violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The Safe Drinking Water Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure high quality tap water by not only identifying but also regulating more than 100 potential contaminants that effect the smell and taste of water. However, since enforcement often falls on the state, the right protocols are not always followed.
Where Does Florida Fit In?
As noted above, the report found Florida’s drinking water to be second worst in the United States, only behind Texas.
You may be wondering what this means. In 2015 alone, 7,540,465 Florida residents obtained their water from a system in violation of Safe Drinking Water Act standards.
Note: visit this link for county-by-county health rankings. It’s here that you can learn how each county performed, giving you a better idea of where things stand in your area. Sarasota and Manatee counties were the only ones that did not have any health related drinking water violations.
A Nationwide Problem
Despite the fact that this is a major issue in Florida, it impacts many other parts of the country as well.
Here’s an excerpt from the study that sums it up:
“Our research shows that in 2015 alone, nearly 77 million people were served by more than 18,000 community water systems that violated at least one SDWA rule, and there were more than 80,000 violations of SDWA rules that year. These violations included exceeding health-based standards, failing to properly test water for contaminants, and failing to report contamination to state authorities or the public.”
With this information in mind, it’s easy to see that Florida tap water may not be safe to drink. If you have concerns, don’t hesitate to learn more about your options, such as installing a whole house water purifier.