Nearly 30 MILLION Americans are drinking dangerous contaminated tap water linked to cancer, birth defects and lead poisoning

 

Nearly 30 MILLION Americans are drinking dangerous contaminated tap water linked to cancer, birth defects and lead poisoning

  • 15 percent of people in the United States have dangrous contaminated tap water in their homes
  • All 50 states have water systems that violate the Enviromental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act
  • In 2015, there were 80,000 safety violations affecting 77 million people, and few had enforcement action
  • The most at-risk for having a contaminated water supply system are those in small rural areas

 

America may be facing a water crisis as a new report claims that nearly 30 million people have been drinking contaminated tap water.

Every state in the nation has breached the Safe Drinking Water Act combining in 80,000 safety violations affecting 77 million people’s drinking water.

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that 15 percent of those offenses were health-based contamination, including lead, copper, arsenic or cancer-causing poisons.

These pollutants can lead to liver and kidney damage, cancer and birth defects. Lead exposure is especially detrimental to children with possible learning disabilities and damage to the central nervous system.

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found 15 percent or nearly 30 million of Americans had tap water with health-based violations in 2015. The contamination included lead, copper, arsenic or cancer-causing poisons in the water. Pictured: Map showing counties with health-based water contamination 

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found 15 percent or nearly 30 million of Americans had tap water with health-based violations in 2015. The contamination included lead, copper, arsenic or cancer-causing poisons in the water. Pictured: Map showing counties with health-based water contamination

The most at-risk for having a contaminated water supply system were those in small rural communities of around 500 people. This made up 70 percent of the reported offenses.

Erik Olson, the health program director at NRDC and a report co-author, said: ‘America is facing a nationwide drinking water crisis that goes well beyond lead contamination.

TOP 12 STATES WITH MOST WATER VIOLATIONS

1. Texas                                  2. Florida

3. Pennsylvania                 4. New Jersey

5. Georgia                            6. Washington

7. Ohio                                   8. California

9. Arizona                            10. Kentucky

11. Wisconsin                      12. Maryland

‘The problem is two-fold: there’s no cop on the beat enforcing our drinking water laws, and we’re living on borrowed time with our ancient, deteriorating water infrastructure.

‘We take it for granted that when we turn on our kitchen tap, the water will be safe and healthy, but we have a long way to go before that is reality across our country.’

Although Flint, Michigan, has been the focal point for critically unsafe water, the problem is more widespread, the report claims.

The crisis in Flint has been ongoing since 2014 when the city switched its supply to a local river instead of relying on Detroit’s water in effort to save money.

Soon after the change, residents began to complain about the smell and it was revealed that lead had contaminated the water supply.

Flint, Michigan, has been the poster child for water contamination since the issue arose in 2014. Lead seeped into the water and nearly 8,000 children are believed to have been exposed to lead poisoning. Pictured: A woman holding up unsafe Flint water in 2015

Flint, Michigan, has been the poster child for water contamination since the issue arose in 2014. Lead seeped into the water and nearly 8,000 children are believed to have been exposed to lead poisoning. Pictured: A woman holding up unsafe Flint water in 2015

Some 8,000 children are believed to have been exposed to lead poisoning since the scandal, which has drawn national attention and led to criminal charges against six state employees.

Lead poisoning poses a large threat to infants, children and pregnant mothers. Women who drink contaminated lead water can harm the fetus by reduced growth and premature birth.

Adults can be affected by cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure, decreased kidney function and reproductive problems, according to the EPA.

WATER IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR 14 MILLION AMERICANS

Water is becoming too expensive for millions of citizens.

Research done by Michigan State University claims that water prices will need to increase by 41 percent to help cover upcoming costs.

These costs include replacing outdated water infrastructures and adapting to climate change.

Currently, 14 million or 12 percent of the population in the United States can’t afford to pay for water in their homes.

This number is expected to grow if costs nearly double in the next five years.

Source: PLOS Journals

The people of Flint reported skin rashes and hair loss from drinking the tainted water.

They were so concerned about the health repercussions, several stopped showering and relied on wipes instead.

Human skin does not absorb lead in water.

In 2015, 18 million people’s water supply had lead violations, according to the NRDC.

In addition to lead begin found in water, other pollutants were found across the nation.

In 2016, a Harvard University study found that more than six million people were drinking water with deadly toxins.

Drinking this water could lead to cancer, obesity, high cholesterol and may be linked to reproductive impacts such as miscarriages and birth defects, the findings claim.

In the recent report, there were often failures to report the serious contamination levels and 90 percent of the violations were subject to no formal action.

The NRDC also reports there is anywhere from six to 10 million water service lines made of lead and need to be replaced…….More Here

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