The words clean water mean different things to different people. Is clean water, water that has absolutely no contaminants at all? Or is clean water, water that may have some contaminants but not at levels you can taste or that are harmful to human health?
What Lawyers Will Say About Clean Water
Environmental Lawyers will tell you that clean water may have the presence of contaminants, as long as they are below the contaminant levels as set forth in the EPA Drinking Water Standards. Environmental Lawyers prefer to call water with contaminants, impacted water. And they insist that as long as the measured level is blow the EPA drinking water level, the water is not contaminated.
A Line Must be Drawn
For example, if the drinking water standard is set at 5.00 ug/l (parts per billion) and the level detected by an analytical laboratory is 4.99 ug/l, your water is clean. If the laboratory detects 5.01 ug/l, your water does not pass and is contaminated. In reality the two levels are the basically the same. But the line has to be drawn somewhere between clean water and dirty water.
We will explore what clean really means in upcoming blogs — stay tuned.