"We must hold our drinking water providers accountable for their lapses," Griffiths testified. "If we choose to do these things, we will be healthier and we will have spent less money in the long run, and we will have acted as good stewards of this precious resource."
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said he was troubled by evidence that shows chemicals and other substances are polluting the nation's water supply, including chemicals he says contaminate water at such high concentration that the mixture is toxic enough to set aflame.
"Right now there are more than 140 chemicals in our drinking water that EPA doesn't regulate, according to a recent study," Lautenberg said. "In some parts of the country, chemicals, including gasoline, additive pesticides, even rocket fuel [contaminate the water supply]. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you shouldn't be drinking rocket fuel."