Americans everywhere were horrified to learn on Tuesday that almost 30 million people in the U.S. have been drinking contaminated tap water that has been linked to cancer, lead poisoning, and birth defects.
Daily Mail reported that each state in the U.S. has broken the Safe Drinking Water Act combining in 80,000 safety violations affecting 77 million people’s drinking water. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that this has resulted in 15 percent of the country drinking the contaminated water, which includes lead, copper, arsenic or cancer-causing poisons.
Lead exposure can be particularly harmful to children, as it causes possible learning disabilities and damage to the central nervous system.
“America is facing a nationwide drinking water crisis that goes well beyond lead contamination,” said Erik Olson, the health program director at NRDC and a cowriter of it’s report. “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,” he added.
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