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Unclean Water (2017)

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I decided to continue searching and tracking reports of unclean water for 2017 like I did for 2016. The list is by no means exhaustive. I’m sure I missed multiple stories. (Feel free to contact me if there are any that should be added.)

The United States has an infrastructure problem. It is going to get worse and stories like this will continue to come out. The swift gutting of environmental regulations coupled with the expansion of destructive and extractive industries will only expedite the process.

Deeper investigations into systemic infrastructure failures should be conducted and answers as to why they continue to happen in the richest country in the world should be given.

The tragedy of Flint, Michigan seems unmatched in these stories, but it’s difficult to know their extent. How much neglect is involved? Did elected officials turn a blind eye? How much harm is done to the public’s health? What will be done to correct these problems and prevent them?

  1. Sumter, South Carolina
  2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  3. Oscoda, Michigan
  4. Englewood Hospital, New Jersey
  5. Atoka, Oklahoma
  6. Medway, Massachusetts
  7. Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina
  8. Austin, Indiana
  9. Montgomery, New York
  10. Fairview, West Virginia
  11. Oberlin, Ohio
  12. Lincoln County, Idaho
  13. Monroe, Indiana
  14. Longford, Kansas
  15. Marion County, Georgia
  16. Pascoag, Rhode Island
  17. Tampa, Florida
  18. Hoboken, New Jersey
  19. Columbus High, Georgia
  20. Central High, Tennessee
  21. Brownsville, Texas
  22. Erie County, New York
  23. Leadwood, Missouri
  24. Duquesne, Pennsylvania
  25. Airway Heights, Washington
  26. San Carlos neighborhood, California
  27. Terlton, Oklahoma
  28. Lindsay, Oklahoma
  29. Arverne, New York
  30. Asheville, North Carolina
  31. Falmouth, Massachusetts
  32. Keystone, Iowa
  33. Charlestown, Indiana
  34. Lubbock, Texas
  35. Rayne, Louisiana
  36. Vinton, Virginia
  37. Hillsboro, Illinois
  38. Jeanerette, Louisiana
  39. Spencer, Tennessee
  40. Wilmington, North Carolina
  41. Mechanicville, New York
  42. Enterprise, Louisiana
  43. Prague, Oklahoma
  44. Claremore, Oklahoma
  45. Wellington, Colorado
  46. English Mountain, Tennessee
  47. Raleigh, North Carolina
  48. Canton, Ohio
  49. Trenton, New Jersey
  50. Fleming-Neon, Kentucky
  51. River Oaks, Texas
  52. Nebo, Illinois
  53. Belmont, Michigan
  54. Laurel, Maryland
  55. Smithville, Missouri
  56. Norton, Massachusetts
  57. Mannford, Oklahoma
  58. Baltimore, Ohio
  59. Mahomet, Illinois
  60. Signal Mountain, Tennessee
  61. Alpena Training Center, Michigan
  62. Park View, Iowa
  63. Teviston, California
  64. Waverly, Virginia
  65. Ionia Township, Michigan
  66. Tacoma, Washington
  67. Birmingham, Alabama
  68. Pearland, Texas
  69. Haysville, Kansas
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