Water cleanliness and sanitation is a growing issue for many Americans today.
With more and more people becoming aware of the chemicals and substances that may potentially be lurking in the water we use and consume, it’s only natural that you want to be more informed about the quality of your water.
A great place to start is understanding the laws and legislation involved in keeping the water throughout the United States pollution free.
That’s where the Clean Water Act comes in.
This article will explain…
- What the Clean Water Act does
- Who is responsible for enforcing the Clean Water Act
- What the next big step is to ensure the purity of the water in your home.
What does the Clean Water Act do?
The Clean Water Act is the primary federal law in the United States that works to prevent water pollution.
The legislation makes it unlawful to discharge any pollutants into ‘navigable waters’. (‘Navigable waters’ refers to most bodies of water within the United States, including lakes, rivers, streams, canals, wetlands, and coastal areas.).
Initially, the Clean Water Act worked to eliminate pollution from point sources – mainly sewage and industrial discharge pipes.
Only more recently, as scientific research on the subject has improved, has greater focus been given to non point source pollution. Non point pollution most commonly comes from agricultural, logging, or construction runoff.
Nearing almost 50 years since the Clean Water Act was originally passed, it’s clear that extensive progress has been made in treating sewage, industrial waste, and other pollutants that have the potential to contaminate water supplies.
The Clean Water Act can deservedly be credited as the foundation of that progress.
However, there’s still plenty of work to be done when it comes to maintaining clean water.
Who enforces the Clean Water Act?
The Clean Water Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate all ‘navigable waters’ throughout the United States.
The Clean Water Act allows the EPA to…
- Set water quality standards
- Specify the various levels of chemical pollutants allowable under their criteria
- Handle enforcement of those standards
- Help state and local governments develop their own pollution control plans
The EPA are the main drivers when it comes to deciding which direction the Clean Water Act moves in.
Based on their findings and research, the EPA changed the primary focus of the Clean Water Act to emphasize the need for eliminating nonpoint source water pollution.
The EPA also regularly pressures businesses and industry to be more aware of the always expanding applications of the Clean Water Act. Businesses are now required to have permits from the EPA or from state government agencies, designed to control the amount of chemicals that they discharge.
As a result, the Clean Water Act remains a vital part of maintaining and protecting all waters in the United States.
With aging municipal water plants and highly contaminated water sources, it’s imperative that you have a water filtration system is designed to efficiently filter your water.
We recommend the SpringWell Whole House Water Filter System
We’ve talked a lot about the hard work that the Clean Water Act and the EPA does to protect the water throughout the United States.
And we’ve also covered that there’s still a lot of work to do in maintaining the cleanliness of the water in the United States.
But, is there anything more you could be doing to improve the water in your home?
As a matter of fact, there is!
We recommend the SpringWell Whole House Water Filter System for your home.
This highly rated water filter works around the clock to remove any harmful contaminants that go unseen in your water supply. It works to remove the most while retaining the best of what’s in your water.
The SpringWell Whole House Filter System gives you multiple lines of defence against:
- Haloacetic acids
- MTBE & TTHM
- Herbicides & Pesticides
Once it’s been installed, this system ensures that you’ll have no drop in water pressure throughout your home. Each SpringWell system is installed based on the amount of bathrooms in your home. As every home is different, it’s important to us that we tailor our service so that your water pressure remains just a high as the quality of your water.
And if you add the salt-free water softening benefit, the SpringWell system wastes no water and doesn’t discharge any salt brine back into environment – so you’ll be keeping the EPA happy by doing your bit for the planet too.
Choose to take the authority of the quality of the water provided to everyone in your home by safeguarding your water quality the right way with SpringWell’s Whole House Water Filtration System.