Water Racism

Unsafe drinking water is a bigger problem for minority communities in the US than for white communities, suggests a new study from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Researchers there found that many black neighborhoods in nearby Wake County rely for their water on wells and septic tanks, which are more susceptible to contamination than municipal water systems. The tap water in these communities is 700 times more likely to have E. coli and 50 times more likely to have coliform bacteria than municipal water used by residents in majority white neighborhoods just miles away. Similar disparities exist elsewhere in the US.
Source: Pacific Standard

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