The shocking truth about America’s water.
You turn the tap on and expect clean, usable water to come out, you pay your water rates so why wouldn’t you?
But shocking test results have shown how many water supplies in the U.S are heavily contaminated, some with up to as much as 400% more than that what witnessed in the Flint water crisis.
The Flint water crisis highlighted just how bad living standards are for some of the poorest people in America, these new results show that these unacceptable are in place all across America.
The results obtained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 3,810 neighborhoods have contaminated water at at least double the levels we saw at Flint.
Among some of the worst hit places were Pennsylvania, New York, Baltimore and in some parts of Ohio, all of these areas are known to have been heavily industrialized in the past, with contamination still occurring today.
Despite Flint being used as the poster-boy for dirty water in America, the results found that this was not even among the worst areas, all of Savannah, Georgia, Brooklyn, New York and Rutland, Vermont scored higher.
Access the clean water should be a basic human right, but people are being denied this because of the most obvious reason – money.
The companies who own the water systems in the U.S are incredibly rich, they have the monopoly of the system. But is has been estimated to overhaul the entire water system to bring it into line where it would be 100% safe across the country would cost around $1 trillion, a sum which the companies are not prepared to cough up.
An American Water Works report in 2012 stated:
“Restoring existing water systems as they reach the end of their useful lives and expanding them to serve a growing population will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years,”