Do we still live in a modern country?

Maybe not:

More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data…

Regulators were informed of each of those violations as they occurred. But regulatory records show that fewer than 6 percent of the water systems that broke the law were ever fined or punished by state or federal officials, including those at the Environmental Protection Agency, which has ultimate responsibility for enforcing standards.

Studies indicate that drinking water contaminants are linked to millions of instances of illness within the United States each year.

In some instances, drinking water violations were one-time events, and probably posed little risk. But for hundreds of other systems, illegal contamination persisted for years, records show.

USA! USA! USA!

But don’t worry folks, we’re spending plenty of money to improve public infrastructure… in Iraq and Afghanistan.

3 Comments

  1. Ian

    Yeah they sure have it better than us over there!

  2. Chris

    They have it better in other modern countries because those governments actually spend money improving the lives of their citizens. We throw our money away rebuilding countries we destroy in unnecessary wars.

  3. Ian

    I agree. Why spend money to help rebuild these countries? We should just bomb the bejesus out of them and leave them to their own devices.