Visit – just don’t drink the water


Rockcastle Creek, Kentucky – contaminated by coal sludge

❝ Aleigha Sloan can’t remember ever drinking a glass of water from the tap at her home…

You just don’t touch that tap water unless absolutely necessary. I mean, like showers and things — you have to do what you have to do. But other than that, no,” she says. “I don’t know anybody that does…”

“You take it for granted until you don’t have it,” BarbiAnn Maynard says about a clean water supply. “I think that’s the attitude of a lot people right now, but I don’t think they understand how close they are to it happening to them.”

❝ Americans across the country, from Maynard’s home in rural Appalachia to urban areas like Flint, Mich., or Compton, Calif., are facing a lack of clean, reliable drinking water. At the heart of the problem is a water system in crisis: aging, crumbling infrastructure and a lack of funds to pay for upgrading it.

Americans think they “rose up” against a corrupt political system by installing someone for whom corruption, profiteering and greed are his religion. Who is dumb and who is dumber?

4 thoughts on “Visit – just don’t drink the water

  1. Cassandra says:

    Drinking Water Database: Put in Your ZIP Code and Find Out What’s in Your Water https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/
    The database contains results from testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on drinking water from 2010 to 2015, which includes tests on water from nearly 50,000 water utilities in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition, the EWG incorporated results from water tests done by state agencies.
    But in many cases, the levels of contaminants that government regulations allow are higher than what current research suggests is safe, the Environmental Working Group says. The database provides information on both the government’s regulations for contaminants in water as well as recommendations from the latest scientific studies.
    See also “What’s in Your Drinking Water?” (NRDC) https://www.nrdc.org/stories/whats-your-drinking-water

  2. freshandprispy says:

    A little off-topic I’m afraid, but this reminds me of a story I once read – a man wanted to get rid of his wife. He found out a place (in Russia?) where the tap water is poisonous, and decided to go on a “vacation” there with his wife – only without telling her about the water problem. The plan went as intended, except for one little problem: he didn’t know that the poison/disease was extremely contagious. That was a neat little twist.

    Very well written article on a serious subject, though – didn’t mean to detract from it.

  3. Irony is dead says:

    Health officials in Michigan this week honored Dr. Eden Wells with the state’s top award for an eminent career in public health—despite that Wells is currently facing several charges in connection with the Flint water crisis, including involuntary manslaughter. https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/doc-charged-with-involuntary-manslaughter-in-flint-crisis-wins-top-health-award/ Wells was unexpectedly slapped with the involuntary manslaughter charge in October of last year. The charge was added to others, including willful neglect of duty, misconduct in office, and lying to a peace officer. Wells allegedly threatened to withhold funding from the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership if it continued to investigate the outbreak, prosecutors say.

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