Florida has second worst drinking water in the country, according to study

Florida’s drinking water is the second-worst in the United States, according to a new study. The study, administrated by the Natural Resources Defense Council, tested water from across the country and found more than 80,000 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2015. The SDWA requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure quality drinking water by identifying and regulating about 100 contaminants. However, states are typically the primary enforcers of the SDWA and are subject to EPA oversight. Florida was second in a list of top five states with SDWA violations by population, according to the study. In 2015, 7.5 million Floridians got their water from a system that violated SDWA standards. Even as a percentage, rather than rankings based on the number of people exposed to unsafe water, Florida ranked in the top 10, NRDC spokesman Alex Frank told the Miami Herald. Manatee and Sarasota counties did not have health-related drinking water violations, according to county health rankings. But the study found the problem was nationwide. “For more than 25 years, NRDC has been documenting serious problems with our outdated and deteriorating water infrastructure and the inadequate implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act,” the study states. The impact was much more widespread. In 2015, nearly 77 million people were served by community water systems with at least one reported violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For the same year, 27.4 million people were served by community water systems with at least one reported health-based violation, according to the study. The study also found that nearly nine out of 10 violations that were reported in 2015 were subject to no formal action by the state or EPA, according to the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) data cited in the study. Writers of the study went on to stress the need for change at the EPA and at the state level. The study suggested, among several things, increasing funding to and upgrade and maintain water distribution systems, strengthen existing regulations and establish new news and develop a more robust testing system for drinking water contaminants.


About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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