When news broke about the contaminated water in Flint, Mich., local, state and federal officials responded with outrage and money. Lawsuits were filed, bills were passed and everyone vowed the victims would be compensated.
Why did it take a scandal and crisis of epic proportions for justice to be served? What about those in Las Vegas whose lives are adversely affected by contaminated drinking water?
How do they get justice?
Thankfully, there are Las Vegas personal injury lawyers who understand laws related to safe drinking water, how to fight for justice and who to hold accountable when water becomes contaminated.
Because hydration is essential for survival, local, state and federal governments have passed laws to ensure everyone has access to safe drinking water.
At a federal level, the Safe Drinking Water Act governs how public drinking water across the country should be protected. Its mandates are carried out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which sets the national standards for drinking water quality.
The safety of Nevada's drinking water is managed by the state's Division of Environmental Protection. In Las Vegas, the city relies on the Las Vegas Valley Water District. Each of these agencies work to ensure drinking water meets standards set by the EPA.
Even with local, state and federal agencies working to protect drinking water, there are still issues with safety (as evidenced by what occurred in Flint, Mich.).
Contamination can come from a variety of sources, especially in Las Vegas, where drinking water comes from the Colorado River.
Fertilizers, pesticides and livestock waste often make their way into rivers, which can lead to contamination. Manufacturing facilities have been known to improperly dispose of waste, causing contamination. Local governments have contributed to contamination through sewer overflows and the malfunction of wastewater treatment plants.
When contamination occurs, it puts the public at risk for health problems, including abdominal pain and cramps, problems sleeping, fatigue, high blood pressure and even kidney dysfunction or failure.
High levels of lead in drinking water can harm children, causing low IQ, hearing loss, growth delays and behavioral problems.
It shouldn't take around-the-clock news coverage for contaminated drinking water to be acknowledged and addressed. But sadly, the problem too often gets buried beneath bureaucracy.
Public and private entities must comply with the local, state and federal laws and ordinances that regulate drinking water. When they don't, water can become contaminated and people can become sick. When contamination occurs, it's important the problem be addressed before it gets worse.
Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers are here for you
The good news is there are Las Vegas personal injury lawyers who understand the law, how to prove drinking water is contaminated and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. If you have been harmed by contaminated water, contact the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-4476 today, for a free consultation.