Analysis of the 44 million Americans being served by water systems with recent health-based Safe Drinking Water Act violations, reveals overwhelming evidence of a clear racial divide in the provision of clean tap water in the United States.
Not surprisingly, a new survey published by SOURCE Global PBC reveals a significant racial disparity in Americans’ trust in the quality of their domestic water supply.
Fifty-five per cent of Black Americans and 44% of Hispanic Americans report only drinking bottled water at home, as compared to 28% of white Americans who are far more likely than other groups to drink unfiltered tap water.
The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability Act of 2021 which was reintroduced on February 25 by Democratic Representatives Brenda L. Lawrence from Michigan and Ro Khanna from California, with the support of more than 500 organizations, seeks to fix the water crisis in the United States by providing $34.85 billion a year to drinking water and wastewater improvements and more than $1 billion a year to update water infrastructure in public schools.
“Just as they still don’t drink the water, which local authorities again say is safe, they’re not yet ready to embrace the new vaccines,” says a report from NBC. One study found that local communities in Flint have recorded vaccine take up of less than 20%. A two-tiered system that provides access to clean and safe water to some and not to others has wide reaching implications for health, the economy and human rights.