Comment 117459

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted April 05, 2016 at 10:59:26 in reply to Comment 117457

And there would be a debate about whether it was utopian and a poor use of scarce tax dollars to adopt a Vision Zero policy for tap water deaths.

Debate would centre on the marginal cost of getting to zero deaths ... what if it cost $100,000,000,000.00 to eliminate the last annual e coli or cholera death from our drinking water?

In any case, people will always do stupid things (like using dirty containers for clean tap water or drinking from puddles) and they would probably just die from food poisoning anyway. We've lived with epidemics from unsafe water for thousands of years, it's probably unavoidable. We should be content with 20-30 tap water deaths per year and 2000-3000 illnesses. Imagine the cost in dollars and convenience of rebuilding our water treatment and distribution network to eliminate these deaths!

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2016-04-05 11:01:31

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