Toxic Drinking Water Becoming More Common Around the U.S.

Each year, red flags over toxic drinking water are raised across the nation, with reasons varying from location to location. As reported by The Atlantic, aging water pipes have become an increasingly common source of toxic exposure. While the article describes the situation in Flint, Michigan, many other areas around the US struggle with similar problems:

“… [A]bnormally high levels of e. coli, trihalomethanes, lead, and copper have been found in the city’s water, which comes from the local river (a dead body and an abandoned car were also found in the same river) … [R]esidents say that the city government endangered their health when it stopped buying water from Detroit last year and instead started selling residents treated water from the Flint River …”

In December 2015, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder apologized for the state’s mishandling of the situation in Flint, and Dan Wynant, head of the state Department of Environmental Quality, resigned. The state has now allocated $10 million to water testing and distribution of water filters.