Connecting the dots between race and unsafe drinking water

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – If you live in a community of color, the drinking water provided to your home is more likely to come from systems with a history of repeated violations of federal safe water regulations, according to a new report.

The study, by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Coming Clean and Environmental Justice Heath Alliance, analyzed three years of federal data involving violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and suggested it reinforces long-standing arguments by environmental justice advocates that there is unequal access to clean drinking water.

Drinking water systems that constantly violated the law for years were 40 percent more likely to occur in places with higher percentages of residents who were people of color, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency from 2016 to 2019 …

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