It Seems as Though Every City is Having a Drinking Water Crisis

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

We’ve all heard about the Flint Crisis, but what about the one in Pittsburg or Newark? 1 in 4 Americans drink water from a distribution system that violates the Safe Drinking Water Act and they probably don’t even know it.

Just last year, Milwaukee’s Health Commissioner was forced to resign after public health officials failed to notify families of children whose blood showed elevated lead levels for the past two years.  

Safe drinking water should be clear, but clear water doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Newark, New Jersey’s water may look clean, but over 40% of the cities testing sites showed lead levels above the EPA threshold. Nine out of 12 sites showed high levels of haloacetic acids (HAAs) which can cause skin irritation and potentially increase the risk for cancer.  

The D.C. lead crisis had been going on since the early 2000’s with homeowners on the hook for $2,500 lead pipe replacements.

In 2016 Newburg, New York declared a state of Emergency for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contamination from a New York Air National Guard spill dating back to 1990. PFOS, part of the PFAS family, has been linked to cancer and chronic kidney disease. Read more about PFAS and learn how you can get your water tested.

In Pittsburg, the EPA said they didn’t have enough officials to complete mandatory testing for lead. Public health officials were later accused of misleading residents to think their water was safe.

57 out of 86 Detroit public schools tested positive for elevated levels of copper or lead.

Even if your water looks sparkling clean, you could still be drinking toxins. Business Insider listed the top cities with the worst tap water. Check to see where your city ranks.


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