It’s been 17 years since concerns about water pollution were as high as they are right now. According to a new survey from Gallup, 63 percent of Americans are worried a great deal about the pollution of drinking water. And 57 percent of Americans are worried about pollutions of streams, rivers, and other waterways.
This isn’t completely surprising, as Flint, Michigan, and other locales have struggled with contaminated drinking water in the last few years. Even so, the concern is higher than it was in 2014 when the stories about Flint dominated the national news cycle for a few weeks. Despite the media covering water pollution stories less, people are more worried.
Concerns about water pollution are not unfounded. Despite regulations from the EPA and other governmental agencies, too many pollutants are still dumped in waterways, and too many local water supplies are still contaminated with a variety of substances, including:
- Metals including lead and mercury
- Pollutants from power plants and factories
It is good that Americans are waking up the significant risk of water pollution. Identifying these pollutants is difficult, as most are invisible in water, and there is not necessarily any taste or odor to give them away. And the side effects of exposure can take years to manifest. Even then, doctors will often fail to recognize the signs of illnesses associated with exposure to water pollution. It takes testing and reliable enforcement of the law to address these issues.
If you or someone you love has suffered due to exposure to contaminated water, exploring your legal options is a must. The polluter is not likely to volunteer to properly compensate those who were affected by their unsafe actions. An experienced attorney can guide you through the difficult process of holding the guilty accountable.