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Who Can File a Water Contamination Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has developed an illness such as cancer or birth defects due to contaminated water, you may be eligible to file a contaminated water lawsuit. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and Regulation

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was established in 1974 to protect the quality of drinking water in the United States. The Act sets standards for drinking water to protect against contaminants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates and enforces these standards.


Contaminants can be naturally occurring microorganisms, bacteria, or viruses such as E. coli, Legionella, norovirus or hepatitis. Water may also be contaminated by corrosion of old pipes in the water system, chemicals that are illegally dumped, or substances that leak into drinking water from storage tanks or manufacturing processes.

Signs of Contaminated Water

If you suspect that your water is contaminated, you can send a sample to a laboratory to have it tested. You should look for the following warning signs, which may indicate that there is contamination.

  • Water is cloudy
  • Water contains sediment
  • Water smells strange like sulfur or chlorine
  • Water has an unusual color such as brown or orange
  • Water tastes off, such as metallic
  • Water has an oily film


If you have an illness that you believe is caused by contaminated water, speak to an attorney who can assist you in evaluating your possible claim. An attorney can assess your situation and work to get a fair settlement.

Factors involved in evaluating a claim include:

  • Type of illness
  • Date diagnosed
  • Length of exposure to contamination
  • Toxin levels in the water
  • Determining liability for contamination

What Diseases Can You Get from Water Contamination?

There are numerous health risks that are associated with being exposed to contaminated water. Depending on the contaminants, diseases may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Hepatitis A
  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Lead poisoning
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Various forms of cancer

Camp Lejeune

Between 1953 and 1987, Marines and their families, as well as civilian workers, were stationed at this training camp in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The residents and workers were exposed to water contaminated by toxic chemicals which leaked out of storage tanks and into the water system.

Due to the exposure, many of these individuals have developed:

  • Cancers
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Anemia
  • Birth defects

Currently, lawsuits may be filed for individuals or the legal representatives of individuals who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and developed cancer or another qualifying illness. The deadline for filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit is March 3, 2024.

Filing a Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious illness that you believe is related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune or anywhere else, you should consult an experienced water contamination attorney. Call the Van Law Firm or contact us online for a free consultation regarding your contaminated water claim.