As Americans, we tend to trust that our water is safe to drink, since we have regulatory rules and checks to make sure it is. But when you look at the facts, one in four Americans do not have access to safe drinking water as defined by our laws. Violations range from high levels of poisons such as lead and arsenic, to violations of examination rules. We are using outdated water monitoring and processing systems that need updating.
- About a quarter of Americans drink water from a system that is considered unsafe.
- The current infrastructure for water systems in America is badly maintained and needs to be upgraded.
- It’s a basic right in America that everyone should have access to clean water.
“Violations range from failing to properly test water to allowing dangerous levels of lead or arsenic—and occur everywhere: in rural communities and big cities, in red states and blue ones.”