Study identifies 'hot spots' of water quality violations

Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesThe good news: American drinking water is mostly fine. But there are some pockets where water systems are racking up repeated violations of health standards and lack the money or support to fix them, according to a new survey of US Environmental Protection Agency data. The study was spurred by the crisis that unfolded in Flint, Michigan, in 2015, lead author Maura Allaire told Seeker. Tainted water led to a spike in cases of lead poisoning and dozens of cases of Legionnaire’s disease, forcing residents to rely on bottled water and leading to criminal charges against several officials involved. “I think like many folks, I was absolutely shocked that that could have happened in the US,“ said Allaire, a water economist at the University of California, Irvine. While situations like Flint are “relatively rare,” the data the study collected can help governments figure out where the problems are and how they might be addressed. “Right now, there isn’t sort of a

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