It’s a question that’s been asked by thousands of Texas residents since the state’s drought began in early December.
The problem: The water is contaminated with high levels of benzene, a carcinogen, and can cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems.
In fact, the state is trying to stop people from drinking it.
In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has been issuing a statewide drinking water advisory, ordering people to avoid drinking tap water with high benzene levels.
In a report released last week, the agency found that about 50 percent of the tap water in Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio is contaminated.
That means that, in most places, residents may have to boil their tap water.
But what’s the point of putting the water in a bottle?
And how can the government enforce a drinking water ban?
We asked some experts and experts from Texas about the potential consequences of a water ban.
“If you have to drink it, why not just take it from the tap?” asked Dr. Dan Stessel, a physician and associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
“You don’t have to take it out of the bottle.
Why would you take a bottle of water that’s a carcinogenic agent?”
The soil is not going to keep the chemicals from reaching your lungs, from your blood.””
It’s also the soil.
The soil is not going to keep the chemicals from reaching your lungs, from your blood.”
For many, the water is a natural part of life.
But the water industry has been using benzene for decades to make gasoline.
So why can’t Texas use it to make tap water?
The EPA says that it has been researching the problem for nearly two decades.
In December 2016, the EPA issued a new regulation to prevent benzene from contaminating drinking water.
“When you drink water that comes from an EPA approved source, you are being informed about the source of the water,” said John R. Smith, director of the Texas Office of Environmental Health.
“We have a process that we are using to ensure that the water you are drinking is safe.
The process involves sampling, testing and verifying that the source is EPA approved.”
Smith said the agency’s new rule is an important step forward.
“It is not just the tapwater that is going to be in the hands of the public,” Smith said.
“The tapwater itself is going be in a container that is labeled for the tap.”
While a tap water ban may be a logical step, some say it’s not practical.
“I’m not sure I want to have to use a bottle, or a container,” said Janae Stiles, a retired teacher who lives in Dallas.
Stiles says she has no problem drinking water from the pump, which has a plastic cap on the top.
But she says she worries about how her children will get sick from drinking tapwater contaminated with benzene.
“We don’t want them to get sick,” she said.
The tap water industry is working to find a solution, and the industry is making it a point to lobby lawmakers.
In March, the American Water Works Association released a statement urging the EPA to take action.
The group said that the state should ban benzene-containing tap water for residents who live in areas where the water source is a “public water system, water supply system, municipal water system or industrial water treatment plant.”
The statement continued:”EPA has been working to determine whether a statewide ban is necessary, and has met with stakeholders to determine how to best protect public health, water resources and the environment in Texas.”
The association also called for the agency to allow public comments before issuing a final rule.