With what happened in West Virginia and the drought in California and the Midwest the past few years. Water is going to be a hot commodity. Government needs to do everything it can to make sure our society has enough clean drinking water. The weather is unstable and you never know when you are going to need all the water you can get.
With what's happening currently in Virginia, water quality standards should be upped. People should not have to worry about what's in their water and if they will be okay if they drink some of it. It would be wise for the water quality standards everywhere to be raised for the peoples sake.
We know that harmful chemicals like Montsanto's glyphosate, marketed as Roundup, as well as hormone disruptors and traces of pharmaceutical drugs are ending up in municipal water supplies. Tackling these issues would go beyond the ordinary regulatory process, in that it would require regulations that address commonly used chemicals which are overlooked. Such regulations, however, would be necessary to ensure the safety of the water supply. The long term consequences of not tackling the contamination of our drinking water by such toxins are significant.
Though the developed world has very clean drinking water that does not usually require extra filtration, I do think there should be even tighter water quality standards based on current waste disposal facts. If there is any chance of contamination, it has to be eliminated immediately so the public aren't at risk.
I do not believe the federal government needs to tighten water quality standards based on current waste disposal facts. Those two things seem unrelated to me. I believe our water quality standards are where we can expect to maintain them without billions of dollars in upgrades. Making more restrictions would require the funds to make the upgrades.