Compared to third world countries, the United States has some of the cleanest drinking water in the world. Despite this, U.S. drinking water has become increasingly contaminated with a variety of chemicals known to be harmful to human health. From industrial run-off, air pollution, natural disasters, broken infrastructure, outdated regulation, influx of modern-day chemicals, and lack of public awareness, the toxic contaminants found in U.S. drinking water are now a growing source of both acute and chronic illness, affecting millions of unsuspecting residents across the U.S.
This talk will take a brief look at the history and current laws and regulation surrounding drinking water, the monitoring and oversight of municipal water, issues with private wells vs. municipal water, water testing, common contaminants and their risks to human health, climate change challenges, filtration options, safe transport of drinking water, and what we CAN DO to create safer drinking water for ourselves, our families, and our patients.
- Review the regulatory failures that have led to the current levels of contamination in our public water system in the U.S.
- Observe the common contaminants in private well water and municipal tap water and their effects on human health, especially for children, pregnant women, and those who are immunocompromised.
- Evaluate the drinking water filtration options, how they work, accessibility and effectiveness in reducing harmful contaminants.
- Recognize the health effects of bottled water and plastic sports bottles, and learn about safer alternatives for the transport of drinking water.