Spottlight on Water Quality

Clean and sustainable drinking water is an essential element of the quality of life for any community.

National Water Quality Month reminds us to take a long, hard look at what our household and community are doing to protect sources of fresh water. We use water everyday in a variety of ways: drinking, washing, swimming, fishing, eating from it, and traveling. Water quality refers to the chemical, physical, biological, and radiological characteristics of water. It is a measure of the condition of water. Water quality standards have been established to protect human health and aquatic life. The standards form a legal basis for controlling pollution entering the waters of the United States from a variety of sources (e.g., industrial facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and storm sewers) and describe the condition of a waterbody or level of protection necessary.