Water safety issue impacts us all

“No one should have to question the safety of their drinking water,” U.S. Sen Maggie Hassan recently said when talking about a piece of legislation she supports.

“This legislation is an important step forward in our efforts to protect against water contamination. By requiring the EPA to create federal safety guidelines for these PFAS chemicals, including a maximum contaminant level, this legislation would help clarify the safety and quality of drinking water in New Hampshire and across the country.”

Hassan and fellow Granite State Sen. Jeanne Shaheen are on the mark – and front lines – of tackling this issue. Shaheen introduced a bipartisan bill with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman to improve federal efforts to identify the public health effects of PFAS and other contaminants. Other officials, including New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and a host of others, are on board to make key changes and even amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and require the EPA to establish Maximum Contaminant Levels for PFOA and PFOS chemicals.

This is long overdue, not only in New Hampshire and New York, but in Michigan and other locations across the country where a variety of chemicals have made drinking water unsafe.

We also must hold those who taint our water supplies accountable for the damage they have done.

Let us hope that officials in Washington, including new EPA chief Andrew Wheeler, take this issue seriously and reform the system and standards so we can turn on the taps in our homes and not worry about the safety of our water supplies.