You may be drinking too much tap water.
The EPA’s new guidelines for drinking tap water will make a big difference.
Read MoreThe EPA’s rulemaking process is lengthy and lengthy, and some people are concerned that some people will not get the protections that they need.
But the rules will be much easier to follow than the EPA’s proposed rules.
“I’m a huge believer that there is a need for a new water quality standard,” says Julie Fierro, a public health researcher and the co-founder of The Fierrot Health Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
“There’s a lot of water around us, and the question is how much is enough.”
The Fierrots work on water quality, and they’ve found that many tap water systems in the United States have low standards.
And many of these systems are poorly maintained.
“It’s very easy for people to say, ‘I don’t have enough water in my house, I don’t use my tap water well,'” says Fierros co-author Jennifer Moseley, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“But if you look at what we’ve found, and how we’ve been able to test water quality in water systems, we know that the water quality standards for the tap water is much lower than the standards for drinking water.”
The EPA is recommending that water systems meet the following standards:The rules will apply to tap water, but not drinking water.
The EPA also released its new standards for disinfection of tap water and bottled water, and it’s recommending that most cities and counties require the installation of filters in drinking water systems.
If you live in a city that does not have the appropriate requirements in place, you should contact your local water utility to learn about those requirements.
The Fiers and Moseleys are not the only researchers who are worried about the impact of the new water standards.
“The EPA was actually working on this for a long time,” says Mosely.
“And I think that they were really looking for ways to address the problem of people not getting the water that they want.”
What are the EPA rules?
The new rules will require water systems to:• Make tap water that is at least 95 percent safe to drink, and has been in the public water supply for at least six months, and to remove any trace of bacteria or other contaminants that could pose health risks.• Remove any trace or odor of chemicals that could potentially harm the health of people drinking the water, including the presence of chlorine, lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, fluoride, and so many more chemicals.• Install or install at least one well filter that is installed at a location that will be at least 3,000 feet above the surface of the water supply, and at least 100 feet in height above any pipes, faucets, and other fixtures that may be causing corrosion.• Add a filter to the water to eliminate lead from drinking water and other sources.• Use water systems that use both bottled water and tap water to clean their water.• Reduce the amount of disinfection that is done with chlorine and other disinfectants, and use safe disinfection practices for the treatment of disinfectant compounds.• Make sure that all of the piping, fountains, and sinks in a water system are designed to remove corrosion from the water system.• Consider replacing existing drinking water supplies.
The rules also require that any water systems with a capacity of 500,000 gallons or more that have not installed a well filter for at a minimum of six months and have not used a filter system for at at least 12 months prior to the rule take certain actions to improve water quality.
The new rules are meant to ensure that tap water remains safe for people drinking.
The proposed rules, which were released in October, will go into effect July 1, 2020.