Access to safe, affordable water is a cornerstone of a healthy community.
Brief Sep-26-2022 |
Every day, we use water for drinking, cooking, bathing, growing food, and so much more. It’s an essential part of life. But more than 2 million people in the United States still don’t have running water or a working toilet. Millions more are saddled with unaffordable or contaminated water.
While the majority of our water systems deliver safe drinking water, in every state, there are communities that lack access to clean water they can afford. More often than not, these are places where poor and Black and Brown people live. A long legacy of discriminatory policies and structural racism, including the historic lack of investment in communities of color, has created these inequities.
Yet this water crisis can be solved. By upgrading our aging infrastructure and making water more affordable, we can make sure everyone, everywhere can turn on the tap without a second thought.
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