The human body is made up of nearly 70% of water. It depends on the watercontent to regulate body temperature, help remove waste, cushion the joints, andtransport nutrients and oxygen to billions of cells. Without water, humans would not beable to survive. In Bucks County, we face many environmental problems. We need aflood mitigation plan to avoid damage done to the county every time the Delaware Riverfloods, we also have a growing problem with water contamination, our air quality isamong the worst in the nation, we need a plan to preserve what open space we have left,moreover, littering and vandalism continue to thrive.
We need clean water to drink, bathe, water our yards, wash our vehicles, and toput out fires, making water contamination an urgent threat facing our community today.
A threat to our water supply is very serious because the effects caused can be deadly.
When toxins get into water supplies, they can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
There are toxins that do not exhibit symptoms right away.
They can take years to show negative affects, some can even cause cancer. Theuse of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) by gasoline companies has declined however,the number of states reporting problems with water contamination has doubled.
These facilities supply drinking water to rural counties, schools and cities. Most of thepopulation affected by water contamination are consumers who are not aware of thecontamination. MTBE contamination is bad for you even with parts as low as two perbillion. It can create a bad smelling odor and chemicals can create a foul tasting waterthat is so strong that it becomes inconsumable.
Water utility companies must either dilute the MTBE contaminations with cleanwater, install expensive systems to help remove it, or they can abandon the pollutionfilled wells and find alternate water sources that are...