It Isn’t Just About Flint: Water As A Human Right in the United States

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By Tanisha Canty

People are suffering from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, parasites, hair loss, permanent neurological disorders, anemia; raw sewage pools in their yards, separated from the children’s toys by thin scraps of metal; even their livestock are diseased from grazing in sewage. When I read these descriptions, they elicited thoughts of developing countries, of remote villages in Africa and India, but certainly no place in the developed world. And then the author revealed these are the circumstances under which millions of people in the United States live daily, in Michigan, in Alabama, in Maryland, in California, and other places.  I could barely reconcile that knowledge with my perception of life in the U.S. People are losing their children and homes because they cannot afford to pay for water. For some who can afford water prices, the quality is so abhorrent that the water is essentially unusable.

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