Monday, March 7, 2016

Question of Water Safety Tied to Confidence in Government

Clean water, essential to public health and a thriving economy, is not long considered a certain by a majority of Americans. As local government strain under the weight of global economic contraction, thus, taxing antiquated infrastructure, variants of Flint Michigan's water crisis are inevitable. This will erode confidence even further, and redefine the public's expectations of leadership at all levels of government.

Headline: AP poll: Americans split over safety of US drinking water

DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to water, only about half of Americans are very confident in the safety of what's flowing from their tap, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, which found that trust is even weaker among minorities and people with lower incomes.

The lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, has been in the headlines for months, and more than half of Americans believe it's a sign of widespread problems in the U.S. About seven in 10 drink tap water, but about half of them first run it through a filter.



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