Equity and Justice

Clean water is a basic human right. Access to clean water is critical to ensure everyone in our society can prosper and reach their full potential.

Our Public Infrastructure

The health crisis around lead contamination in Flint drew much-needed attention to the health dangers of contaminated water. But Flint is not alone: many communities nationwide are facing similar challenges, especially low-income communities and communities of color.

Ensuring equitable access to clean water

Too often low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by polluted water and lack of access to safe drinking water. Many policy decisions made by the Trump administration and laws passed the current Congress – repealing the Clean Water Rule and the Stream Protection Rule, and rolling back limits on the amount of toxic wastewater coal plants can discharge into our rivers, lakes, and streams – will only make an unfair system even worse.

Federal funding and partnerships

Funding from EPA is essential to ensuring equitable access to clean water. This includes communities across the country- from our cities facing poor infrastructure to small and rural communities, who rely on private wells or whose water systems lack the resources to deal with polluted sources of water.

 

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Alice’s Garden from American Rivers on Vimeo.