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Water Crisis in America, Will West Virginia be Affected?

The Water Crisis in America is major issue which is not being brought into the light by the media or the government of the USA; it is hardly spoken of. The crisis is not something that has just originated out of nowhere but rather something that has been there for decades.

The majority of water pipes in the United States are made from lead which is a time bomb in itself. With the passage of time, lead will keep breaking and keep contaminating the water system. The length of the lead pipes is approximately 1.2 million miles, with a lifespan of 75 years only and with many pipes reaching this age, it will cost around $1 trillion to fix those pipes.

According to a report released by the Reuters on December 19, 2016 about America’s drinking water, there are 3000 locations with very high lead contamination rate of the drinking water.

According to another report from the Michigan State University, there will be various additive factors that will result in a large population of the USA not being able to afford water at all in the near future. The State clearly has no funds to take care of a crisis of such a scale. The water crisis has already resulted in a rise of about 41% in the water rates since 2010.

Take a look at this map put together by WaterNews, showing water condition by state.  You’ll notice West Virginia is in deep red:

Water Crises Infographic

Now the question is will West Virginia (and Parkersburg) be affected? Again? The answer is a bitter yes!

The West Virginia Water Crises

On 9th January 2017 was the 5th anniversary of the West Virginia Water Crisis. This happened when a small two – week old company that stored and processed coal-processing chemicals from 11 huge, 48,000-gallon containment units on the shores of Elk River accidentally allowed 7,500 gallons of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHP) to seep through the region’s main source of drinking water. An estimated 300,000 people got their drinking water from this source.

Obviously, in this type of situation you should never drink unfiltered tapwater, but some people didn’t not have many options.  Where some people had the ability to forego drinking, bathing or cooking with the contaminated tap water, others just did not have another option. After two years, although the government has lifted the warning and declared the water safe, people are still scared of drinking tap water. The water crisis is not resolved yet, it has just begun.

Lawsuits have been filed against several authorities responsible for the incident and the negligence of the safety standards. Numerous civil suits were also filed which included 50 against West Virginia American Water. There were several personal injury lawsuits filed against major responsible authorities within nine months after the incident but nothing has practically been done to eliminate the risk permanently.

Historic Problem

The West Virginia water crisis was one of the worst water crisis in the history of America. Each state shall be responsible for creating laws and legislations to fulfill the EPA’s federal clean water act, but just like West Virginia, many other states do not have any such federal acts.

For those of you who are still not aware of the health hazards caused as a result of lead contamination, there is definitely need to fidn out more about this hazard for the protection of your children. High lead levels in the blood may not affect one immediately but they do have prolonged side effects.

We need to raise our voices on this matter before things get out of hand.