More than half of the water treatment facilities listed in Recode’s 2017 Water Quality Index suffer from water quality problems.
Recode/Data from the Center for Environmental and Public Health, which uses data from more than 100,000 water treatment plants to rank the most polluted, ranked aquaclear water treatment as the most dangerous.
The survey also found that water treatment was responsible for over half of water pollution in the U.S. and was responsible, in part, for a quarter of the country’s water pollution.
“While we’re not necessarily sure how many people have water-related health problems or if the water in their homes is a major source of those health problems, it is alarming to see that many facilities in our report suffer from chronic water pollution,” Recode executive editor Evan Greer said in a statement.
“These problems must be addressed urgently.
In addition to the need to find new water-treatment solutions, we must also address the environmental damage caused by aquacles, including lead and arsenic, and the other contaminants that accumulate in the water supply.”
The survey also listed water treatment for treating household waste as the third most dangerous category, but the number of water treatment centers ranked in the top five was down from the previous year.
“The problem of water contamination and its impact on human health and the environment are serious, and we’re seeing that across the board,” Greer added.
“But water quality is only one of the issues that needs to be addressed.”
More than half the water treatments listed in our 2017 Water quality index suffer from issues related to water quality, which is the most toxic category of water in the United States.