These Americans Don’t Trust Their Tap Water. Would You?

Rural water systems face unique challenges in providing clean, safe, affordable, sustainable drinking water.

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Photo courtesy of Nina Lakhani | The Guardian

Rural water systems face unique challenges in providing clean, safe, affordable, sustainable drinking water, including difficult terrain and a lack of financial stability and expertise.

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This algae-ridden reservoir provides drinking water for Martin County residents. Photo courtesy of Nina Lakhani | The Guardian

“Water is a human right, but clean water is not, it costs money, someone has to pay for it.” — Craig Miller

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BarbiAnn Maynard, a citizen water advocate, collects spring water at the Pool of Bethesda in Mingo County, West Virginia. Maynard uses the water for drinking and cooking because she doesn’t trust Martin County’s tap water. Photo courtesy of Nina Lakhani | The Guardian
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