Letter: Clearing the water
May 28, 2017
I'm part of a group of five Glenwood Springs High School students working on a project called "Project Citizen." Project Citizen is a national program where students find public policy solutions to solve community or state problems.
Our group is focusing on improving our drinking water in Colorado. Water treatment facilities cannot filter out every contaminate that goes through them; most treatment plants keep their contaminations under the legal limits but are unconcerned with a few contaminants passing through, so it is likely everyone has sipped a little lead, arsenic or other contaminations. Unfortunately, over time these contaminants may accumulate in our bodies and cause all sorts of health issues. Don't be too alarmed, our system and regulations make sure that it is unlikely that you will be harmed from drinking from the tap; however, there is always room for improvement.
To address this problem, we will be presenting our policy to public officials with influence on public drinking water. The policy that our group proposes will optimize our drinking water at multiple points. First, standards will be revised including maximum allowances, practices and testing. In addition, our policy will assist communities in need with funding and resources for infrastructure and strengthen source water protection by addressing unregulated and potentially harmful water contaminants.
We hope the community supports our project as we pursue safer drinking water.