It’s easy to forget that there are places in the U.S. that lack basic needs such as access to fresh produce and safe drinking water. Radhika Fox, in an article published on Water Deeply News, details efforts by water agencies to develop equitable and inclusive approaches to water management to help stabilize access to safe drinking water for millions of Americans.
Living in urban areas provides almost a guarantee that water service will be provided. However, urban areas affected by economic and environmental burdens often lack access to safe drinking water. “In California alone, 200,000 people have chronically contaminated water and more than 1.5 million receive water from a system that has had a health violation in the past year.” (Radhika Fox)
Taking matters into their own hands, the U.S. Water Alliance released a two-pronged initiative in 2017 called An Equitable Water Future. If you visit this website you can access the National Briefing Paper and the Water Equity Clearinghouse published by the U.S. Water Alliance. The clearinghouse includes case studies of more than 150 equity-focused water projects for users to explore.
“We need to come together and learn from the great work that so many communities are already doing so we can build stronger, reliable, affordable and accessible water systems for all.” (Radhika Fox)
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