Whether you live near agricultural land or an industrial area, you may be equally exposed to water contaminants. People who rely on well water may not be aware of the water pollution caused from sewage runoff, pesticides and fertilizers, and chemicals used at various sites such as farms, gas stations, dry cleaning stores, machine shops, railroad yards, oil refineries, land fills, chemical plants/waste storage facilities, lumber yards, or incinerators. These sites may have an increased risk of contamination due to harmful pollutants that have leached into the ground water.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) notes some common but dangerous substances found in water across the U.S. including rocket fuel, lead, germs and disease-carrying parasites, arsenic, coliform, and other harmful contaminants.
Exposure to contaminated water can occur from drinking water, water used in food preparation, water for baths or showers, or even inhaling steam.
It has been reported that illnesses, diseases, and injuries may be a direct result of such contaminant exposure. These can include cancer, learning disabilities, breathing problems, allergies, gastrointestinal problems, heart, liver and kidney problems, and headaches.
How do I know if my water is contaminated?According to the NRDC, 16% of the US population, approximately 31 million Americans, obtain water from private wells. These wells are not protected by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act so it's up to state and local governments to monitor water safety and quality.
Whether or not you suspect contaminated water, it is advised to test your well water frequently. You can visit the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Web site, www.epa.gov for local drinking water information or purchase a home water testing kit. If the contamination can be linked to the negligence of another party, you may qualify for compensation.
Well Water Contamination In the NewsEnvironmental Health Perspectives issues a study linking chlorine products used for water treatment with an increased risk of bladder and pancreatic cancer. (Jan-10-05) [FIND ARTICLES]
The Natural Resources Defense Council outlines the general state of our drinking water. (Jun-10-03) [NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL]
Register your Well Water ComplaintIf you or a loved one has suffered as a result of water contamination, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill in our form on the right to submit your complaint and we will have a lawyer review your well water contamination complaint.
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