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Don’t take your water for granted

JAMES BOWERS

Washington, D.C.

This week is Water Week 2021, and water system failures in Texas, Flint, and Newark in recent years is evidence not all Americans have access to clean water.

Water quality reports across the country reveal severe inefficiencies in our tap water systems.

From lead contamination, to E. Coli and sludgelike “biofilm,” millions of Americans are (often unknowingly) exposed to unhealthy drinking water.

To address this mounting problem, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates it will take about $750 billion to improve our water infrastructure over the next 20 years.

This Water Week let’s demand that our legislators address America’s water woes and ensure clean drinking water for all communities.

In the meantime, it’s important to prepare your household for the unexpected. FEMA recommends storing at least one gallon of bottled water per person per day for several days.

(James Bowers is managing director of DisasterChecklist.org.)

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