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Poll Shows Half of Americans Don’t Trust Their Tap Water

Published on March 8, 2016 by   ·   1 Comment

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Joshua Krause

In America, it was long believed that as a developed nation, the safety of our municipal water was a given. Dirty water contaminated with biological and chemical hazards was something you found in far away third world countries. We were always told to avoid drinking the water in places like Mexico, and we trusted that what came out of our own taps wouldn’t kill us.

But after the Flint water crisis, it’s become impossible for millions of Americans to ignore the possibility that their water really isn’t all that safe. According to a poll taken by the Associated Press, only 47% of Americansstill believe that their tap water is safe to drink. 33% said they were ‘modestly confident’ in their water supply, and 18% said that they weren’t confident at all.

More than half of people who were polled believed that what happened in Flint, Michigan is just a small sign of a much wider problem, and that there are probably other municipalities providing unsafe drinking water to their residents. Minorities and low-income Americans were more likely to say that their water had issues, which suggests that poor communities may be struggling to clean their water supply.

 

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Carolina4 says:

    that’s because europeans are trying to commodify our fresh water sources so that they may make a killing off of us. while corporations like nestle and coca cola get theirs for free. is that why they are poisoning traditional water supplies. so that we are forced to buy bottled water.




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