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Reuters Finds Lead Levels Higher Than Flint’s in Thousands of Locales

In a stunning independent investigation into community water quality reports across the nation, Reuters found nearly 3,000 communities with double the lead levels as those found in Flint, Michigan, with more than 1,100 registering at least four times higher. “Like Flint, many of these localities are plagued by legacy lead: crumbling paint, plumbing, or industrial waste left behind,” Reuters said.

The Flint water crisis began three years ago and is ongoing. In its wake, it was discovered that the regional EPA director knew about Flint’s lead levels, yet kept it secret. And now we know for certain that what happened in Flint is not an isolated incident. Across the U.S., water source infrastructures are failing. And, as evidenced by this latest report, it looks like citizens need to be more vigilant then ever in protecting themselves.

The truth is contamination of water supplies around the globe has increased the cost of water treatment by 50 percent in some areas, making it increasingly difficult to provide safe drinking water.

For this reason, I strongly recommend evaluating the safety of your water, and getting it tested for lead yourself, and making sure your water is properly filtered. Even if you don’t have a problem with lead in your water, I strongly recommend filtering your tap water since most water sources are so severely polluted. One of the best filters I’ve found is the Pure & Clear Whole House Water Filtration System, which uses a three-stage filtration process — a micron sediment pre-filter, a KDF water filter, and a high-grade carbon water filter.
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