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The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that people who drink and use tap water or bottled water could be fined if they are found to be improperly using the water.
The agency said it will now consider issuing fines up to $1,000 for each water user, up from $500.
“The EPA’s goal is to promote safe water use by protecting the public from unsafe drinking water and other contaminants,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement.
But critics are concerned that the agency will not enforce the law because it doesn’t have the authority to enforce it.
The agency’s rule requires that drinking water facilities meet certain standards for corrosion control.
The EPA also says the rule will help the nation reduce the amount of water being wasted in landfills and other locations.
The Environmental Protection Authority said the rule would be effective Jan. 1, 2020, but would be enforced until the end of 2020.
“This rule will not affect existing or proposed rules, including the Clean Water Act or the Safe Drinking Water Act,” the agency said.
It also said the rules would not impact current or proposed wastewater regulations, including water treatment, waste treatment and treatment of contaminants.
The rule would require water facilities to test their water for a variety of contaminants, including arsenic, lead, arsenic compounds and other chemicals.
The EPA says the rules will help protect people from waterborne illnesses and the spread of diseases.
The new rules also will ensure that people with kidney problems and other chronic conditions who use tap and bottled water are able to use it without fear of contamination.
The rules also require water users to use a filter that meets standards set by the EPA.