Study: Millions of US Residents Drinking Dirty Water
Millions of Americans use unsafe drinking water each year, a new study has found.
Water quality was poorest in parts of rural Texas, Oklahoma and Idaho during the time period studied.
In Martin County, Kentucky, residents never know what they’re going to get when they turn on their faucets.
Sometimes, they get milky water, or water that looks more like beer, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
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"We felt that in the aftermath of the Flint lead crisis, there was an urgent need to assess the current state of drinking water in the U.S.," University of California-Irvine urban planner Maura Allaire, who led the study, told USA Today.
The study, which examined 17,900 U.S. water systems from 1982 to 2015, found most of the nation’s drinking water is clean, but many of the areas that had poor water quality readings were repeated violators of federal health standards.
"Many of these smaller utilities have just a handful of people who are charged with managing the entire system," Manuel P. Teodoro, a political scientist at Texas A&M University, told the New York Times.
(MORE: The Secret About All That Snow at the PyeongChang Olympics) In Martin County, tainted water has become such a consistent, rampant problem that water bills often include warnings about the long-term health dangers from disinfectant byproducts used to remove toxins from the drinking water, the L.A. Times reported.
Some good news is on the horizon for residents of Martin County: Kentucky Gov.