Clean and pure

Published: Sunday 15 September 1996

water in the us will now flow with a guarantee. President Bill Clinton recently signed a bill designed to upgrade municipal water systems in view of the deteriorating water standards. The new law also lays the onus on local water agencies to inform the public annually on the chemical contents of drinking water and also give a public notice within 24 hours of discovering any dangerous contaminant in the water system.

Authorising a us $7.6 billion revolving loan fund over seven years to improve the water standards, Clinton declared, "Americans do have the right to know what is in their drinking water and where it comes from, before they turn on their taps."Water authorities have to now perforce train their sights on preventing and treating the most harmful pollutants in tap water, such as the Crystosporidium microbe that sickened nearly 400,000 people in Milwaukee in 1993.

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