Recent Study Reveals Improvements in US Water Supply

Recent Study

Reveals Improvements

in US Water Supply

A study co-authored by professors at the Universities of Berkeley and Iowa State was released this month to assess the progress made in US water systems since the passing of the Clean Water Act of 1972. This week, we’re looking into it: what is the Clean Water Act of 1972, what has the study concluded about its effectiveness, and examining the future of clean water in the US and Nebraska specifically.

A dam a part of the US Water Supply

What was the Clean Water Act of 1972?

The Clean Water Act of 1972 actually came about due to multiple amendments to an earlier draft which had passed previously in 1948. It helped establish regulations for regulating pollutants, gave the EPA jurisdiction to implement programs to help control pollutants, made it unlawful for people to dump contaminants in water bodies without a permit, and funded the establishment of more sewage treatment facilities among other things. This slew of legislation has been met with more amendments over the years to further improve the quality of water provided throughout the United States.

How has it affected the US water supply?

The study, published on October 9th of this year, concluded that water supplies have drastically improved since the Clean Water Act was passed. An article published on Berkeley’s website states, “To perform their analysis, Shapiro and David Keiser, an assistant professor of economics at Iowa State University, had to compile data from three national water quality data repositories. They also tracked down the date and location of each municipal grant, an undertaking that required three Freedom of Information Act requests.” The researchers also noted that although the Act has cost around $650 billion in the last four and a half decades, it is imperative that clean water remain a priority for Americans. Although the numbers based on the data provided showed that the costs outweigh the benefits, researchers found that many positive aspects of the legislation, such as public health benefits and cleaning rivers and lakes, often go unaccounted for.

hands cupped to catch a fresh stream of water

The Battle Isn’t Over

There’s still a long way to go in getting all American people access to clean, safe, drinkable water. Flint, Michigan still has a famously poor water supply, and even certain areas of Nebraska have had issues with undrinkable water. In fact, Valley was recently added to the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List due to high levels of tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene which were first reported 18 years ago. Because of issues like the one in Valley, it’s imperative that pure, clean, quality water remains a top priority for Nebraskan families. The best way to ensure that safety and purity: renting or buying a water softener to install in your home!

Want cleaner, fresher water in your faucet? Call Quality Water Services today to talk about water softener installation. Whether you’re renting or buying a system, you’re sure to taste the difference immediately!