71% of the world’s population and over 90% of the United States has access to safely managed drinking water: a supply source located on living premises, available when needed, and free from contamination. Despite strict health standards applied to these systems, communities continue to battle deficiencies with their water quality. Oftentimes, years may pass before the public is notified of water quality violations. Simultaneous to the unfolding of quality issues in the media, we have seen a continuous rise in bottled water consumption. Could this be an indicator of public distrust in our tap water?
The water sampling project is a proposal to affect the disparity of information between water suppliers and the consuming public. By tapping into existing infrastructure, the project aims to communicate real-time water quality and consumption levels at a neighborhood scale. A renewed trust in water quality can provide local pride, decrease plastic consumption and increase public stewardship of our water systems.