Everyone always hears that water pollution is dangerous, and that we should take as many steps as possible to prevent it from happening.  I think that often times, people do not exactly realize all the dangers there are.  Water pollution affects us in many ways but one of the scariest is our tap water.  The fact that tap water can get contaminated, and be dirty, certainly scares me.  Here is a great article that discusses the topic a little more in depth.  
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Most tap water polluted by dirty municipal infrastructure
Thursday, January 25, 2007 by: Beau Hodai, citizen
journalist(NaturalNews) As the United States becomes a nation of 300
million, the countries older cities face the reality of
overpopulation, crumbling infrastructures, and the health concerns
raised by both, especially those related to the availability of fresh
Eric Goldstein, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council,
has stated that the water distribution systems of cities such as
Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and New York are in urgent need of repair.
The antiquated water delivery systems in these cities are comprised of
nearly 1 million miles of piping, mostly made of iron. As the iron
pipes corrode, clean water flowing through them becomes contaminated
with rust. Over time the pipes also rupture, causing not only water
loss, but the introduction of pollutants and diseases from the ground.
Investigations conducted in the last five years suggest that a
substantial proportion of waterborne disease outbreaks, both microbial
and chemical, are attributable to problems within distribution
systems,” said the National Research Council in a report released in
December for the Environmental Protection Agency.
There are 170,000 public water distribution systems at work
nationwide, and municipalities spend more than $50 million each year
to supply clean drinking water in accordance with the Safe Drinking
Water Act of 1974.
If you clean up water and then put it into a dirty pipe, there’s not
much point,” said Montana State University microbiologist and water
research scientist, Timothy Ford. “I consider the distribution system
to be the highest risk and the greatest problem we are going to be
facing in the future,” said Ford.
Jack Hossbuhr, executive director of the American Water Works
Association, estimates that the cost of replacing existing pipelines
over the next 20 to 30 years is going to cost water utility companies
some $250 to $350 billion.
Some critics of current water delivery techniques feel that replacing
the infrastructure is not a total solution.
I advise everyone to avoid drinking water from the tap, no matter how
clean the city claims it to be,” said consumer health advocate Mike
Adams. “Even when cities claim their water is clean, they may still
add toxic fluoride chemicals and chlorine, which we know promotes
bladder cancer. Filtering your water is crucial for protecting your
Wow, this is a freighting concept.  It rings so true that water that has been cleaned out is worthless if it is simply put back into filthy pipes.  If this doesn’t affect people I am not sure what does.  I have lived in Oregon all my life, and when I have visited California, and Nevada the water tasted too horrible to drink.  I had to buy bottle water.  If water does not taste good people do not want to drink it.  People need water to hydrate- Clean water!!