By Claire Lewis

Do you ever wonder what’s in your water?

Water faucetFifteen percent of people in the United States consume drinking water from unregulated, private water systems that are not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act or other federal water safety requirements. Unless the state or local government requires testing, private water users will not know what chemicals or hazards may exist in their water.

Your water may look clear, cool, and perfect, but it also may hold arsenic, uranium, lead, copper, pesticides or waste from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)– contaminants that can poison you. This water may harbor bacteria and other contaminants that are far above the national standards of safety.

Still feeling thirsty?

Quench your thirst for knowledge by tuning into NCSL’s webinar “Private Drinking Water Systems” on Friday at 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT/11 a.m. MT/10 a.m. PT to hear experts from the Centers for Disease Control, local government and industry explain the public health impacts of private drinking water systems and give strategies for keeping those systems safe for consumers. Register now for this FREE webinar and learn more about what lurks in your water.

Claire Lewis is a research analyst with NCSL's Environment and Natural Resources Program.

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