Most people in America find themselves drinking a nice glass of water that has a clean and refreshing taste to it. Most people do not have the privilege of drinking safe water. Contaminated drinking water has been linked to illnesses and deaths within the United States each year. We can solve this problem by finding new ways to clean water such as filtration and using diluted chlorine. Using these methods can lead to a much healthier way of living for those who suffer from contaminated drinking water in the United States. Contaminated water can be classified as water that contains pathogens, mercury, and even arsenic.
Often times it is the higher authority who do not take initiative in public health matters such as providing clean water to the people of America. The Safe Drinking Water Act is a federal law that provides many Americans with clean, safe drinking water. According to The New York Times article written by Duhigg, he mentions, “The problem, say current and former government officials, is that enforcing the Safe Drinking Water Act has not been a federal priority” (Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show). Through this quote, it shows how government officials they do not find safe, clean drinking water a priority or an obligation to enforce. This can cause many problems for people who live in America expecting to have clean drinking water for their families. They will find themselves drinking water that has not been cleaned. With this problem, it can result in consequences such as health problems. It is the job of higher authority to ensure it’s obligation to the people and public health.
The problem of not having clean drinking water has led to many diseases in America. In Gleick’s academic journal titled “Global Water”, he says, “The failure to provide basic sanitation services and clean water to billions of people is perhaps the greatest failure of human development in the 20th century. As a result of this failure, water related diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and parasitic diseases are on the upswing” (Gleick). The diseases listed by Gleick are well known diseases that come from food or water. The failure of providing these simple services to the people has also contributed to not having clean and safe drinking water for many American.
These diseases should not be taken lightly for they have causes many Americans to become ill. In the article, Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show states, “19 million Americans may become ill each year due to just the parasites, viruses and bacteria in drinking water. Certain types of cancer- have risen over the past years, and research indicates they are likely tied to pollutants like those found in drinking water” (Duhigg). These diseases has often led to sickness for many Americans and even caused life long diseases such as cancer. Living in America, which is abundant with resources, clean water must be a priority.
Although, clean water is available, in some areas,...