Safe Water from Every Tap: Where Does NC Stand 40 Years After the Safe Drinking Water Act?
October 26-27, 2015
NC Biotech Center, RTP, NC
Four decades after Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, some North Carolina residents still lack access to clean drinking water.
More than one quarter of the state population relies on private wells for their potable water, and these wells are not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. While many private wells are safe, evidence suggests that overall, wells are more at risk of contamination than community water systems regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Sources of contamination include failing septic systems, industrial facilities, natural geologic deposits of arsenic and radioactive compounds, coal ash, hog waste, and future threats like natural gas development, climate change effects and others.
The October 26-27, 2015 Summit will convene community representatives, rural residents, private well owners, environmental justice advocates, municipal officials, public health practitioners and local health departments, state and federal agency representatives, water utilities, and industries to develop recommendations addressing new and old threats to North Carolina’s private wells. The goal is to work toward an assurance of safe drinking water for all North Carolinians.