More than 80 percent of Americans do not have access to safe tap water
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 80 million people in the U.S. do not receive safe drinking water.
In 2015, the U,S.
government issued more than 7 billion doses of tap water for more than 4.6 billion people.
According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, tap water in many parts of the country is not safe for drinking, bathing or cooking.
Dr. Michael P. Collins, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins and the study’s lead author, said in a statement that the findings “show a profound disconnect between how much Americans can afford and how much they need.”
“In many ways, we are living in a country that has an incredible amount of waste, which is the biggest problem we face as a nation,” Collins said.
“And this is not just a problem for water, it’s also a problem because it’s the only thing we have that we can actually control.”
The study, published in the journal PLoS One, compared the health of people in 19 counties with access to tap water with that of people living in communities with inadequate access.
The results show that for most Americans, tap-water quality is not a major concern.
About two-thirds of Americans have no access to clean drinking water, and more than half have no choice about drinking tap water at all.
In comparison, only 9 percent of people from communities without access to drinking water say they have no health concerns.
In contrast, more than two-fifths of people who live in areas with a safe drinking-water source say they are concerned about drinking water quality.
The study’s findings come after an ongoing public health campaign aimed at discouraging Americans from using unsafe tap water to wash dishes.
The CDC says tap water can be contaminated with bacteria and viruses and can lead to cancer, kidney and eye problems.