A national survey conducted in February for the non-profit Water Quality Association found that citizens’ concern about lead as a possible contaminant “rose significantly,” according to the association’s 2017 report.
The association represents some two dozen dues-paying manufacturers and other members of the water-treatment industry. The association conducts the survey every two years. The concern about lead is linked by the association to the situation in Flint, Michigan.
The survey, conducted online in January and February among 1,710 adults living in private households, was expected to be accurate within 2.1 percent. Among the results:
52 percent perceived federal laws regarding drinking water aren’t strict enough;
75 percent thought the responsibility for safe water lies outside their homes and with the city or other provider; and
41 percent purchased a water-filtration system for use in their homes after an alert to boil water or unsafe-water alert was issued.