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Communities of Color Face Dangerous Lack of Access to Clean Water

Friday 26 June 2020


Access to safe and affordable water is essential to human health, and to following basic recommendations issued by United States public health experts on proper hand hygiene to help prevent Covid-19 infection. Despite this, communities of color across the US, including Native Americans living on reservations, are facing Covid-19 without adequate access to water.Despite the country’s wealth, many people in the US live with unsafe drinking water. According to a United Nations expert, the United States ranks 36th in the world in terms of access to water and sanitation. Reports estimate that nearly 77 million US residents are served by drinking water systems with one or more violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. While data are not available to disaggregate this number by race or income, we know that both are central factors in both urban and rural water vulnerabilities.

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