The future of groundwater in the United States is uncertain. With farmers drilling deeper to water their crops more effectively, bottled water factories depleting water levels in certain areas, local rivers withering away and various manufacturing companies wasting valuable water resources for production purchases, the future does not look so good.
The water that settles underneath the soil and rock accounts for approximately 40 percent of the drinking and agricultural water supply in the nation, reports Food & Water Watch. When organizations tap into these supplies and use them without restraint, the effects are felt nationwide.
Recently, Saguaro National Park banned the sale of disposable bottled water and soda in vending machines on the premises, The Tucson Citizen reports. The park system joins a growing list of national preserves and universities making it a point to eliminate the sale of plastic bottles on site.
There is a war against bottled water in the United States. The disposable plastic beverage is getting booted from a number of colleges across the country – including Ivy League education systems and the giant University of Vermont.
March 22, 2012, is the 19th International World Water Day (IWWD), and people all across the world are joining forces with the United Nations to emphasize the importance of fresh water in the world today.
The amount of time people spend working increases annually. Americans employed in private nonfarm industries spend approximately 34.5 hours a week in the workplace with 3.4 additional hours in overtime, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and with the economy on the rebound, workers may devote even more time to getting essential projects done as fast as possible. However, in order for a corporation to capitalize on the efforts of its workers, it needs to provide a clean water source. Staying hydrated is paramount for efficiency, and without the proper filtered water delivery system, employees may falter under pressure.
Many major metropolitan areas around the United States have begun to take a deeper look into their water infrastructures to determine if tap water is meeting the health demands made by consumers. Recently, Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) signed a 10-year contract with the City of Phoenix, Arizona, to provide reactivation services for activated carbon used to treat the city’s drinking water.
People living in the United States have long taken for granted their public water systems, purchasing bottled water in droves. However, U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) recently urged water utility leaders to ask their Congressional representatives to sponsor the creation of a federal Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA), American Water Works Association reports.
In the United States, consumers spend an inordinate amount of money on bottled water. Many people believe the liquid held in these disposable plastic bottles is better for their health, and business owners are under the same impression when they install jug water coolers in the workplace. Unfortunately, the water that is sold in plastic bottles is marked-up tap water, and the plastics used to create the disposable containers are too often made with bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical linked in numerous life-threatening diseases.
Hydraulic Fracturing – or fracking – is the process of injecting water, chemicals and sand into shale rock to release natural gas. There are numerous negative consequences of fracking near communities, as the process produces a toxic wastewater that cannot be treated by standard water sanitation facilities. In fact, people who live in areas where fracking occur may be consuming toxic water straight from their faucets.
The drinking water in the United States is regulated closely. Water systems are always on the alert for contaminants, such as chemicals that may be used in the treatment or improvement of tap water. It may come as a surprise to many, but officials often use strong chemicals when purifying drinking water. If these solutions go undetected, they could pose a threat to those who've consumed the cleansing products simply by filling up their glass from the tap.