Concerned about safe drinking water? Sign our petition to request action.
Our laws have not kept up with drinking water impacts. Lead contamination highlights the breakdowns in how our drinking water is tested and the systemic problems with regulations and our government systems. Harmful algal blooms threaten drinking water safety in several locations. The cost of water continues to increase, placing a much higher burden on our frontline communities, that has resulted in massive water shutoffs that increase costly public health problems. Regulations for emerging toxins such as PFAS don’t exist. New chemicals and new ways of using chemicals are not sufficiently regulated through these laws.
It is unacceptable, indeed, an injustice – given the wealth, knowledge, and capacity for innovation in the Great Lakes region and in North America more broadly – that people cannot drink the water coming from their taps. That we cannot safely swim in our lakes and rivers. Many cannot afford the skyrocketing cost to have water in their homes.
Crisis, in the true sense of the word, is a turning point in which weaknesses are exposed, challenges are confronted, and opportunities for innovation arise. We are asking our agency leader and elected officials to:
- Provide easy access to information about the health of our drinking water;
- Ensure easy access to residential water testing to ensure our drinking water is healthy;
- Develop assistance programs for residents struggling to pay their water bills; and
- Develop affordable strategies to ensure residents can afford water in their homes.
We’ll be presenting your name with others as someone who wants to ensure access to healthy and affordable drinking water as we meet with decision-makers.