America’s drinking water infrastructure is aging — here’s how to tell if your tap water is safe

America’s drinking water infrastructure is aging and in serious need of modernization.

Pipes are overdue for replacement, and water and wastewater treatment systems need upgrades to deal with new classes of pollutants. Changing a drinking water standard or adding a new substance to the list of contaminants regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency is time-consuming. Some water systems are having problems meeting current standards, much less upgrading to meet new requirements.

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