If you read the article below, what the City of Clearwater is proposing sounds very reasonable. However, there is one major problem that immediately comes to mind:

The state and federal government do not regulate most toxic chemicals that are in our drinking water. They simply will not set pollution limits for dozens of chemicals that are known to be in our water and are known to have human health consequences. Some of these chemicals are pharmaceuticals, some industrial, man-made toxics, and some are known to cause cancer.

For instance in Escambia County, the ECUA’s water routinely has at least 45 chemicals, some toxic and cancer causing, in the water it delivers to hundreds of thousands of people. But because these chemicals are not regulated by the state of Florida, they go unabated and people are told that all is well because the water meets standards.

So I am not ready to accept the state’s assurances that any water in Florida is safe to drink or even to fish and swim in when we know that so many chemicals are ignored. Here’s the link to the story from the Tampa Bay Times:


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About the Author

Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.

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