Each day we search for good news … news that nourishes our minds as much as our bodies. With that said, we also have to tell you the reality of today … people have the capacity to lie!
People know the potential dangers of treated water (what are they putting in our drinking water), so they assume that what is coming from the well has to be safe. Think again!
In Kansas, the state allowed residents in two Wichita-area neighborhoods to drink contaminated water for years without telling them, despite warning signs of contamination close to water wells used for drinking, washing and bathing. What?
During a study for a real estate project, the state actually found dry cleaning chemicals (perchloroethylene) had leached into the ground water but said nothing about it to people who were getting their water from wells. They did not notify the surrounding areas to allow people to test the water themselves. But did they have an obligation to tell those citizens who were off the water grid to check their own water sources? We say YES! However, residents found out 7 years after those tests that their water was polluted. 7 years!!! 7 days would have been an outrage
So what is the priority, the safety of the people or the businesses who dumped the chemicals? According to the Wichita Eagle:
“The Kansas Drycleaner Environmental Response Act was passed at the request of the dry cleaning industry to protect the small businesses from the potentially crippling cost of federal involvement. The Environmental Protection Agency, through its Superfund program, can pay to clean up water pollution and then bill any and all companies ever associated with the property to recover its money. Cleaning up pollution can easily cost millions of dollars; state law limits the liability of a dry cleaning shop to $5,000.”