Is There a Bridge Over Troubled Groundwater?

The state of America’s groundwater has been in the news a good bit lately. While the controversy over the city of Flint dominated the headlines in 2015 – the trouble with their water started as early as 2007,  there are hundreds more groundwater issues around the country![1]

The sad new is this: Some contamination is even worse than Flint.

As many as 3,000 areas in America have lead poisoning in excess of that found in Flint. In addition to this, reports show that there’s trouble in Knoxville, TN where environmental groups are suing the Tennessee Valley Authority due to Cumberland River contamination. And the current political administration eliminated the pollution protection enacted by the former administration, that lessened water pollution near mountaintop coal mines

Those in favor of this rule state that drinking water is safer because contaminants like lead are filtered out. Those against say it is too costly to continue it for the over regulated coal and mining industries.[3]

Most recently, the Wilmington, NC area has had to deal with the news that GenX, a potentially cancer-causing byproduct of the DuPont and Chemours plants, has been dumped into the Cape Fear River for decades.[4]

140 million people rely on clean groundwater for drinking water.[5] That is just under 50% of the 2017 United States population.

Some threats to our groundwater include…

  • Disposal from municipal waste
  • Rural use of fertilizers and pesticides, and
  • Runoff from salting roads in winter

Groundwater issues

Is Well Water the Answer?

It would be wonderful if well water was the answer to our groundwater concerns. But it isn’t. Well water is not subject to the same pollution prevention and quality standards guidelines as groundwater which is used and regulated by city and town water utility companies across the country.

Diminishing Returns

With the news of severe droughts raging across America, it’s no wonder that the supply of available drinking water is diminishing. California’s experience of this over the past several years, led to heightened water restrictions.

Groundwater tend to recover more slowly than surface water supplies and it can take as long as a decade for a groundwater aquifer to fill back up.[6] Combining that deficit with overuse and consumption, our supply of fresh drinking water is at risk.

Even in years without drought, a joint NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory study has found that levels in key aquifers are decreasing worldwide. Part of this is due to human consumption.[7]

Between the consumption of water and the need for water use by energy and power industries, Science Daily predicts we will run out of potable water by 2040 if we don’t make immediate changes.[8]

The Future of Our Most Precious Resource

One of the leading groundwater issues is the failing state of America’s water infrastructure. Twenty out of every 100 gallons of water is lost because of pipe leaks. If water is leaking out, imagine what else is leaking in! [9]

Capturing and using seawater as a source of usable drinking water is also an option, but this new technology could cost billions of dollars, and involves a large-scale reverse osmosis process to remove the saline.

What should we do?

If you are looking for a quicker solution to clean drinking water and a great option to eliminate pollutants in workplace water, your answer is a point of use reverse osmosis system. This cleans your water, reducing contaminants and providing healthier, safer, cleaner drinking water.