America’s Water Crisis Could Be Worse Than You Know
Editor’s Note: Joan B. Rose is the Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research at Michigan State University, and is co-director of the Center for Water Sciences, co-director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment, and supervises the Water Quality Environmental and Molecular Microbiology Laboratory. She is the 2016 winner of the Stockholm Water Prize. The following opinion piece was published on the Time magazine website:
‘We must be vigilant and rigorous testers of water’
The old saying is that “Water is Life.” But water quality is health. We must address formidable water issues to protect the public health of U.S. citizens and the bio-health of our planet in the future.
For too long we have taken water for granted. Most Americans don’t know whether their water comes from a lake, groundwater, a reservoir or a river. We seldom realize that a water crisis may be coming soon to a community near us until it does. The intolerable situation in Flint, Mich., that spread neurotoxins throughout an entire city is the most recent prominent illustration but far from the only one.