In fact, Reuters recently published neighborhood-level blood lead testing results from 34 states, as well as #WashingtonDC, which were collected by the #CentersforDiseaseControl and Prevention (#CDC). The results showed that 3,810 neighborhood areas have levels of lead that are at least double those seen in #Flint. Close to half of these sites had levels that were actually four times as high as those in Flint.
Some of the areas shown to be affected the most were parts of #Pennsylvania, #NewYork, #Baltimore and parts of #Ohio. Researchers noted that areas which were heavily industrialized before lead was recognized as a problem have become hotspots for contamination. A color-coded map identifying many of these hotspots was published with the report, showing some of the highest levels of contamination in #Savannah, #Georgia; Brooklyn, New York; and even as far north as #Rutland, #Vermont.
The results showed that despite the fact that Flint had become the face of lead contamination in #America, it doesn’t even rank among the most toxic water supplies in the country. Far from being a localized problem, it seems that water supplies throughout the entire country could be compromised. In 2013, prior to the Flint controversy, The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s water infrastructure a “D+” on their Report Card for America’s Infrastructure in 2013. It is estimated that the much-needed overhaul of the country’s water infrastructure could cost over $1 trillion. “Restoring existing water systems as they reach the end of their useful lives and expanding them to serve a growing population will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years,” a 2012 American Water Works Association (AWWA) report concluded.
However, the residents of Flint are still waiting on drinkable water, so it does not seem likely that any of these other areas will see help anytime soon. Just this week it was reported that Flint is still in negotiations for a long-term water contract while the city’s residents are still waiting on #cleandrinkingwater. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#FlintWaterCrisis #AmericanWaterCrisis #MniWiconi #WaterIsLife #PopulationControl