Over the weekend, 400,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio area were told that they should not use their tap water. While the ban on water use has been lifted as of this morning, this massive disruption is further proof that we are not doing enough to put drinking water first. In fact, not only are Congress and our state legislatures not doing enough, many elected officials are actively interfering in efforts protect clean water. Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp released this statement and the following set of policy recommendations:
“What happened in Toledo over the weekend is hardly surprising. It fits the pattern that we see time and time again – because we refuse to protect clean water upstream, we rely on our Public Water Systems to solve preventable pollution problems.