It is time to stand up and demand that our public places and spaces have clean, working, water fountains. Even today, when our tap water is remarkably safe and inexpensive, we need water in our public areas.
I spied a disposable water bottle nearby, and it struck me: what better, more direct way to teach kids-- and adults, for that matter-- about how we've gotten ourselves into this mess in the first place?
About 105 million Americans -- or around one-third of the nation -- rely on some 140,000 public wells for their drinking water. The USGS's latest installment on the state of our drinking water sheds some light on the quality of that water.