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Archive for October, 2017

Will New EPA Laws Affect Your Drinking Water?

Posted by Rayne Water

In late June, the Environmental Protection Agency, with the help of the president, rolled back laws that were put in place to make sure that millions of Americans could have safe drinking water. The Clean Water rule was put in place during 2015.  It was implemented to  clean up heavily polluted federal waterways. The rule, passed under former President Barack Obama, expanded federal authority to include all “navigable” waters under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The rule ultimately would have protected the drinking water of more than 117 million Americans. The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. “Clean Water Act” became the Act’s common name with amendments in 1972. Millions of Americans receive high quality drinking water every day from their public water systems, (which may be publicly or privately owned). Nonetheless, drinking water safety cannot be taken for granted. There are threats to drinking water: improperly disposed of chemicals; animal wastes; pesticides; human threats; wastes injected underground; and naturally-occurring substances can all contaminate drinking water. Likewise, drinking water that is not properly treated or disinfected, or which travels through an improperly maintained distribution system, may also pose a health risk. So, what does this mean to you? Will your water be safe? Many believe that it will have a direct effect on many households in the US. Another report labels 55 percent of the nation’s waterways as being in “poor” condition and another 23 percent as just “fair.” Only 21 percent of rivers are considered “good” and “healthy biological communities.”  It’s important to remember that water runs downhill, straight into our drinking water sources. Considering all these factors, it is so important to take steps to make sure the drinking water you and your family are consuming is safe. A water filtration system is the best way to ensure safe, clean drinking water. Reverse osmosis drinking water systems will remove the majority of harmful contaminates that may find their way into your drinking water. For more information about RO systems and how Rayne Drinking Water can help protect you and your family visit our website.]]>

A Million Californians Lack Safe Water … Why?

Posted by Rayne Water

We know that California is often in the center of the drinking water crisis in the nation. Whether because of the drought or agricultural water contamination issues, Californians are once again finding themselves in the news for lack of safe drinking water and this time, we ALL need to pay more attention!

Drinking water contamination can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time.

There are a hundred reasons that your water can become contaminated – but it only takes ONE to put your family in danger. A recent article from High Country News discusses the new issue of low socioeconomic communities in California suffering from lack of cash … which means they also lack safe drinking water in many places. But is it fair to say that a poorer community shouldn’t have the same quality drinking water as communities who have more money? Should we base access to safe drinking water on the economic class of that community?

Access to safe drinking water is a right that all Americans have!

After all, we are a developed nation and world leader, so shouldn’t all of our citizens have access to safe water? Well according to this article, a million people don’t.

Rural, poor communities are at the highest risk.

Having already dealt with water shortages due to the drought, Tulare County and the town of Woodville are now dealing with things like streetlights, sidewalks and sometimes clean drinking water and proper sewage treatment because they are unincorporated. They do however play a huge role in the agricultural economy in California. A report by the State Water Resources Control Board found that there are 680 community water systems across California that rely on contaminated groundwater as part of their drinking water supply.  Not all communities are able to properly treat this water to make it safe enough. The capacity to treat the water for the masses is not available right now.
Without drinking water systems or home water filters, something else must be done. Our drinking water products are in the frontlines, but we all can see that the issue goes way deeper than protecting your home from the surface. It is a starting point, but more must be done to improve the drinking water for all of our residents in the great state of California.]]>