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The cost of clean water



In the know. In the Times.

When you turn on the faucet, clean water comes out.  You can drink it, wash dishes with it, clean your hands with it.  You pay for that water, and the price is about to go up.  Read “Stepped-up septic tank inspections are part of water bill” on page 5B of today's Times. Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC have reported that the state of Florida is not in compliance with the Clean Water Act, specifically because leaking septic tanks all over the state are leaching sewage into our underground water supply.  This pollution needs to be cleaned up before the water is considered safe for drinking, and that clean up costs money.  Additionally, the leaking septic tanks need to be fixed.  All of these costs will be passed on to homeowners in their water bill.  How much is clean water worth to you?  What are you willing to pay for the comfort of knowing clean water will come out of the faucet when you turn it on? Share your thoughts about this topic here on the NIE Blogging Zone.

Want to learn more about the Clean Water Act? Go to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Web site.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 1:16pm]


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