In 2015 Obama enacted the aforementioned water rule and was applauded for it. As President Trump dismantles it water activists are up in arms, convinced that we are headed for the decimation of our water supplies. Trump believes that the rule was too far reaching and restrictive. Activist believe this action to be detrimental to our water. So, which is it?
Well, hearkening back to my articles about “water grabbers” and various contamination topics the answer is…….both. If you are going to look up water grabbers on this site, also look up “which filter is best”, to get a full picture of what I am going to say about this topic.
One of the most common questions I get from people is also the most maddening. People want to know, “what is the best water filter”. My answer is always the same; the best water filter for you depends on a lot of site specific details such as daily consumption, instantaneous maximum flow rate, city or well water analysis, temperature, specific contaminants and more. Until one knows these details it is impossible to chose the best filter.
The problem with Obama’s Water Of America rule? Yep, you guessed it. It is not based on unbiased science. It isn’t based on any site specific data. Other than, “we are going to regulate your water and tell you what you can do with it”, there really is no recipe for assessing each individual water source based on all these details. There are good points in the act for sure, but it is sadly just a generalization that punishes many for no good reason.
For instance, one of my clients has a discharge limit on how much chromium they can release into the sewer. If they go over the limit they have to pay a fine, a surcharge if you will. Now, that sounds great, right? Yes, until you take a look at the details. My customer actually releases a lower chromium concentration into the sewer lines than does any citizen who takes a shower, washes his hands or flushed a toilet. Yet it is this industry who gets punished.
On the flip side, there are some good points to President Trumps’ roll back of the Obama rule. Industry now can more easily comply to local and State regulations. Likewise, it removes the ability of the Federal Government to tell a landowner what he can and cannot do with water on his private property. But there are downsides to Trump’s rollback as well. The lack of oversight certainly gives unscrupulous manufacturers the ability to circumvent guidelines and get away with gross, negligent pollution.
The answer? As I have said before America needs to develop a universal water policy that local, state and federal government entities all agree on and follow to the letter of the law. Each water community is different. Some need conservation while others have more water than they know what to do with. We need a policy that puts forward standards and a process that allows everyone to comply accordingly. And lest we not forget; you and I put much more pollution into our water than industry does. Shouldn’t we be a part of that National Water Policy too?