Flint, Michigan became the figurehead of the US water crisis after its main water source was discovered to be contaminated with lead. But a recent study found that an estimated 471,000 households in the United States have no access to indoor plumbing at all.
“Problems with the provision of infrastructure reflect long-standing and institutionalized ideas about who belongs to the social fabric and who is excluded from it and which resources and advantages we could take for granted,” says lead researcher Katie Meehan, lecturer in human geography at KCL. said the guard.
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Almost three-quarters of the estimated 1.1 million people in the United States without access to tap water live in cities, according to the study, which identified areas with high concentrations of “poverty poverty”. These include the urbanized corridor along the east / mid-Atlantic coast, the upper Midwest and Rust Belt, Greater Appalachia, south-central Florida, Texas, the lower Mississippi Delta / Louisiana Bayou, the Four Corners region (including the Hopi Reservation and Navajo) nation), most of Alaska, as well as major cities on the west coast.
Uninstalled households are more likely than others to be led by colored people, earn less, live in mobile homes, rent their homes and spend more of their gross income on housing costs. The study found that households with colored people were almost 35 percent more likely to have tap water than white, non-Spanish households. This is what the study found, which was predicted in part by income inequalities.
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“System problems require systemic changes. Eradicating racial poverty requires massive public effort and commitment to change the nature of our economy and social order, “Meehan told The Guardian.
The Native American community is particularly familiar with water scarcity, particularly with Navajo and Hopi families who live on reservations. Nonprofit Organizations tried to mobilize technology to alleviate the problem, but have not yet been able to solve the problem on a larger scale.
Fighting poverty is also a public health problem. In a global pandemic with few weapons available to protect against infection, the ability to wash hands and disinfect regularly can make the difference between life and death, the authors say.
And it doesn’t get any better on the study model that predicted urban poverty poverty across the country will stagnate or worsen.
“Given these trends, we expect conditions for access to water to deteriorate, especially in cities like San Francisco, Portland and Los Angeles,” Meehan told The Guardian.
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