Facts About Our Drinking Water….Hunter Worsfold
Here’s a few facts relating to our drinking water through the years:
- 1854: Physician John Snow’s investigation into a cholera outbreak in London links its spread to drinking water. This served as proof that it could carry disease. Such discoveries drove improvements in drinking and wastewater systems.
- 1890: Use of chlorine to treat water becomes commonplace in municipal systems in England. This practice comes to America in 1908 via Chicago and Jersey City, N.J. Widely used today, it’s now regulated by the EPA
- 1975: Congress passes the Safe Drinking Water Act in an effort to protect public health by regulating the nation’s drinking water supply.
- 2009: The EPA makes its most recent update to the list of contaminants it regulates in drinking water. The number of contaminants the agency now monitors exceeds 90.
courtesy: Angie’s List