Poor water quality can have severe implications for your health. Unfortunately, you may not always be aware of the quality of the water that you’re drinking or using. In California, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a public resource to help Californians and other United States citizens learn more about their water quality. Let’s take a closer look at what this resource offers and how it can benefit you.
What is Available?
The EPA resource includes public reports from different locations in California. The reports include information such as the source of the water, contaminants found in the water, violations of safety standards, and other relevant data that can help people make informed decisions about their water consumption. The resource also offers an interactive map that allows users to quickly locate nearby sources of drinking water and get more detailed information about each source.
What Else Can I Do?
In addition to using this EPA resource, there are other ways to determine your local water quality. You can call your local water utility to inquire about any potential risks associated with consuming it or purchase an at-home test kit to test the quality yourself.
What are the associated risks of contaminated water? To name a few:
- Long-term health conditions such as bladder and liver cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Aplastic anemia and related conditions
One of the most important things you can do to protect your family is to check their school’s water quality. Public testing is made available online. If your children’s school has contaminated water, be sure to learn more about the potential dangers and equip your children with safe drinking water so that they don’t rely on the school water supply.
If you suspect you may have been harmed due to contaminated water, it is essential to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide how to proceed with your case.
Work With The Team at Kershaw Talley Barlow
Water is essential for life, and staying healthy requires knowing what’s in your tap or well. Thankfully, the US Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for residents to check their local water quality by providing a public resource full of reports and interactive maps that show where safe drinking sources are located near them. If you find that your water is contaminated or you are experiencing adverse side effects, know that the team at Kershaw Talley Barlow is here for you. Contact us to speak with one of our attorneys.