“Race, ethnicity, and language had the strongest relationship to slow and ineffective enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act,” according to the findings of a new study released September 24 by ABRA member Natural Resources Defense Council. The study found that “while the Safe Drinking Water Act guarantees all Americans access to clean, drinkable water, it hasn’t worked out that way in practice.” NRDC partnered in the study with the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA) and Coming Clean to analyze nationwide violations of the law from 2016 to 2019. The study concludes that there is a disturbing relationship between sociodemographic characteristics—especially race—and drinking water violations. For a copy of the study, Watered Down Justice, click here.
New NRDC Study Confirms Unequal Water Quality for Minorities