Industrial Pollutantsand the Water You Drink
Industrial pollutants can enter the surface water through run-off from large factories and chemical plants. These chemicals include industrial solvents such as Trichloroethylene and Chlorobenzene. These chemicals were among the first issues the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) addressed when they formed in 1970. During this time, the U.S. was producing a mass amount of industrial waste, and chemical removal restrictions weren’t as strict, which allowed large factories to dump these pollutants into our rivers and streams.
These chemicals were among the first issues the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) addressed when they formed in 1970.
Treatment facilities are still playing catch up for damage that has been done throughout history. Without the ability to go in and clean up every site and completely remove all of the industrial waste from the water systems, those contaminants can still be present in the nation’s drinking water. And because they’re still present, it’s important to filter them out before drinking. Ingesting certain pollutants above regulated levels over time can lead to liver problems and an increased risk of cancer.