The Politics of Drinking Water

December 30, 2014 | General RCAP News

"Hydration isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. Providing access to clean water is a fundamental measure of effective government. When water goes bad, so do political relations," reads a recent Atlantic article titled the Politics of Drinking Water.

"Most Americans take cheap, safe drinking water for granted. Globally, one out of 10 people can’t access clean water. Some 1,400 children die each day from water-related diseases. Unless there’s a spill or equipment failure, these numbers exclude U.S. residents. Across the 50 states, 155,000 public water systems treat, filter, and deliver 100 gallons per person per day, all for the low cost of 20 cents per gallon."

Click here to read the entire article and learn how public drinking water in the US has changed in the last 200 years and what challenges lie ahead.