U.S. Water Challenges
Water Quality is a Serious Challenge for Millions of Americans
As community drinking water systems face more stringent water quality standards and new threats from emerging contaminants like PFAS, some local governments may find themselves in need of assistance to keep their communities safe. A landmark study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2018 found that as many as 45 million Americans per year drink water that violates health-based water quality standards. Other studies have found that water quality violations disproportionately impact communities of color and rural Americans.
HOW WATER COMPANIES HELP:
Water companies provide the operations expertise and infrastructure investments necessary to provide safe drinking water. The data is clear: systems run by water companies are significantly less likely to violate federal drinking water standards compared to systems run by local governments. This fact has been confirmed by every major study of water quality ever conducted in the United States.1