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Protect your water from unforeseen events

As 2019 gathers momentum, the Flint, Michigan water crisis fades further into the rearview mirror. Soon it will be five years since Flint residents discovered high levels of lead in their drinking water. As time marches on, it’s tempting to breathe a sigh of relief and believe that events like Flint are behind us for good. But is that so?

In the words of Maura Allaire, a water economist at the University of California, Irvine, “The U.S. has really safe water.” Yet vulnerabilities in the American public water supply continue to exist. In 2015, motivated by the problems Allaire witnessed in Flint, she led a study that examined water quality violations over a 34 year period, 1982–2015, across the United States. She learned that while the Flint water crisis was unfolding, approximately six percent of U.S. residents were drinking water that “violated health standards.” The study found that low-income, rural communities run the highest risk of contaminated water—and these stories often do not make the headlines.

At the end of 2018, however, an important story about drinking water did make headlines in the Louisville, Kentucky region. On Christmas night, a barge crashed into a bridge while carrying tons of coal down the Ohio River. Much of the coal came loose and sank to the bottom. Both lead and mercury are present in coal, and local residents immediately expressed concern for their drinking water.

Thankfully, thus far, the water seems to have been spared from grave contamination. Louisville, the population center, is located upstream from the sunken coal. For downstream communities, officials point to the river’s high water levels and swift current as reasons why people should not worry. Nonetheless, it’s easy to imagine how things could have turned out differently.

The Flint disaster and the Ohio River barge crash are both examples of how drinking water is susceptible to unforeseen events. In order to provide an exceptional level of protection for your family, consider the Coway Aquamega water purifier. The triple-filtering system connects to the kitchen tap, and reduces common water contaminants, including lead, by over 99 percent. In return, you can enjoy fresh, clean water every day.