In our country, we are dealt with multiple struggles to keep our land and waters clean. Especially with the pollution and waste we dispose everyday. But thankfully, in 1948, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act was the first law to pass that woke up politicians and even civilians about the risks of our own waters. Over time, the law was then reformed as the Clean Waters Act in 1972.
“The Clean Water Act is a 1977 amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, which set the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants to waters of the United States” (Source: http://water.epa.gov/aboutow/owow/laws.cfm)
This states that our waters must be clean from any pollutants in our waters. Not all of our waters are clean enough to be drinking from. But they are just good enough to use like rinse and clean whatever is desired. The waters people use everyday for their everyday needs are not the only things that are contaminated, our drinking water as well. In 1974, The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed to protect and ensure public health with our drinking waters.
“The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 (PL 104-182) establish a new charter for the nation’s public water systems, States, and the Environmental Protection Agency in protecting the safety of drinking water. The amendments include, among other things, new prevention approaches, improved consumer information, changes to improve the regulatory program, and funding for States and local water systems.” (Source: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/sdwa/summ.cfm)
Even though there are laws that states that our waters must be clean, it still is contaminated without people knowing it. It is unfair for people who can not afford to live in a better area and give contaminated waters to. The law says that our waters MUST be clean, but people who live in areas that are not that economically stable are given contaminated waters to drink and use on a every day to day bases. Not only that its unfair, but its not right to be giving people water that are not filtered well just because they are not living in a good area. It is unlawful and just not right. This is why we need water equality to happen as soon as possible so people are not given contaminated waters.