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What should we do when our tap water is not safe?

If you have not yet read the article on America’s Toxic Waters published by the New York Times this week, may I suggest you check it out. While I have been reading about concerns with our water supply more and more this year, this article really hit it home for me. I was outraged. This should not be happening. We should not have to be worried that our children are getting cancer when taking their nightly bath.


These individuals do not have a choice but to drink (and brush their teeth with) water out of plastic bottles because their tap water is toxic. Everyone has a right to clean drinking water. Something needs to be done to ensure that companies who are violating the Clean Water Act are punished and correct their behavior. The New York Times has set up a web page on which you can look up water pollution violations in your area. You can take action by going to the Food and Water Watch website.

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posted September 16, 2009 at 11:35 am

Glad you posted this to One City. I was hoping you would. The potential danger is a lot closer to New Yorkers than we know.
The energy bill act that was passed in 2005 (by our lovely Dick Chaney) exempted oil and natural gas companies from major environmental acts including the Clear Water Act, thereby allowing them the to drill for gas near bodies of water, which is needed in the extraction process for natural gas. Companies are currently working on getting rights to drill near the NYC Watershed and of course some of our NY government officials are seeing this as a good idea.
When I first heard of this I couldn’t help but think of IDP.
Please check this out Kristen. I was invited to a fundraiser performance for this movement where this trailer was shown. If you’re interested in making a connection let me know.
Also I believe the Food and Water Watch Website are partners with this group, so perhaps you have a connection there.
Either way look it’s something to look into.

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posted September 17, 2009 at 9:22 am

Thanks Damaris for passing this information along. I will definitely check it out. I hope that awareness continues to be raised about this really important issue!

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