The Federal Water Pollution Control Acts Amendment of 1972 addressed the growing concern of many Americans about the degrading quality of water in lakes, streams, oceans, etc. In 1977, the act was amended and became known as the Clean Water Act. This act helps to regulate the amount of pollutant discharge from industries and set safety requirements for water. In addition, the law makes it a federal crime to discharge any pollutants without a permit. Over the years, there have been many amendments and modifications to the Clean Water Act.

What Are Some Types of Water Pollutants?

There are many types of water pollutants. However, the most common types are listed below. These include:

  • Lead – This is a metal found in old or degraded pipes that can cause physical and mental injury
  • Pesticides – There are occasions in which homeowners that use household pesticides or other cleaners don’t properly dispose of these chemicals.
  • Septic systems – Homeowners should take proper steps to make certain septic systems are clean and don’t cause runoff that may enter drinking water

How Can I Report a Violation?

An environmental emergency requires citizens to take immediate action to prevent any future damage. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists various steps to report any environmental concerns. These include:

  • Call the National Response Center (NRC) – The NRC responds immediately to any environmental emergency. They can be reached at 1-800-424-8802.
  • Call a Local Environmental Agency

Should I Consult an Attorney?

An experienced environmental attorney can be extremely helpful in addressing any issues regarding water pollution. In addition, businesses or neighbors that have not taken proper safety measures in discharging pollutants or chemicals may be liable for a negligence action.