Everyone knows that life depends on clean drinking water. Yet because city, state and federal governments, businesses and citizens have failed to make it a priority, many man-made disasters continue to make water unfit for consumption. It is the public's duty to be informed and involved in the protection of this precious asset. And we can start by learning from cities like Toledo, Charleston and Flint that water quality suffers when we fail to: Pass or enforce laws to protect lakes, streams, reservoirs and wells from pollution Maintain pipes and infrastructure Modernize treatment facilities Provide funding to do all the above Time and again when companies, governments and people ignore these realities water quality, wildlife and human health are threatened. To find out more read this week's NIE page.