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The United States is deemed a 'first world country', yet a new report has revealed it is suffering from a developing world issue.
Experts have found more than two million Americans do not have access to running water, basic indoor plumbing or sanitation services.
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The report revealed that race and poverty play key roles in water access – Native Americans and 19 times more likely to be without, while black and Latino households are twice as likely than their white counterparts.
Many of the water systems are still following the dated infrastructures that were developed the basis of systemic racism, thus cutting off access to areas with minorities.
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The report comes from the nonprofits DigDeep and the US Water Alliance, which went beyond just Census data in order to investigate the country's water crisis.
'Access to clean, reliable running water and safe sanitation are baseline conditions for health, prosperity, and well-being,' DigDeep CEO George McGraw and US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox said in a statement.
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'However, they remain out of reach for some of the most vulnerable people in the United States.'
The data stems from a two-year study that discovered six water crisis 'hotposts' in the US, which include the Central Valley of California, areas of Texas, rural counties in Mississippi and Alabama, Appalachian West Virginia, the 'four corners' of the Southwest and Puerto Rico.
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With over two million Americans without running water, this means that some 1.4 million homes do not have a shower, toilet or sink.
The team found that race was the biggest predictor, as Native Americans, blacks and Latinos were found to suffer the most.
Approximately 58 out of every 1,000 Native American households were found to...
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