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Although water comprises almost three-quarters of the earths surface of this amount only 3 is freshwater Clean water is an integral part of life for both humans and animals the average American adult consumes 2 liters of water a day making clean drinking water an important resource to protect Dale 2011 Clean water affects both humans and animals and is currently managed through the federal Clean Water Act which has faced significant challenges from policymakers and should be rewritten to include nonpoint pollution sources Many challenges arise when trying to establish and enforce policies relating to clean water because it is a resource that is found almost everywhere and can easily be contaminated through a variety of sources The biggest issue policymakers face in the struggle to maintain clean drinking water for Americans is community involvement and sustainability In order for a policy regarding clean water to be effective the Environmental Protection Agency EPA maintains that federal policies must be supported at the community level and must also work to enhance economic competitiveness and encourage affordable neighborhoods Environmental Protection Agency 2012 The EPA has found that communities who lack the technical managerial and financial capacity to become and remain sustainable should be encouraged to acquire it as a condition of financial assistance Environmental Protection Agency 2012 para 3 Since clean water needs to be implemented on a community level in order for a new policy to be implemented it needs to have community support and involvement requiring individualized attention from the EPA for each community that wishes to enhance or implement a clean water and or drinking water policy and program This requires a substantial amount of work from both the Environmental Protection Agency and the community and will require continued work from both a federal and community basis into the future The US is trying to combat clean water and drinking water issues through a variety of different policies
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