Product Liability Law Helps Water Agencies Address TCP Contamination
By: Ken Sansone
Small water utilities across California face existential challenges as they struggle to meet state and federal drinking water standards. For example, more than 200 small water systems in California today have groundwater that is contaminated with the chemical 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), a toxic legacy from pesticides used for decades in agricultural areas. Faced with shutting down wells in violation of health standards, some of these water systems are looking at product liability law to play a major role in finding funds to clean up their water supplies. At stake is a safe and reliable drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people.