More than 3 million people in the United States are now without safe drinking water, according to a new report released on Monday.
Flint, Michigan, a city of 1.8 million residents in Michigan, was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it became contaminated with lead in 2014.
The report found that as of July 2016, the number of people without access to safe drinking or cooking water was more than 2 million, and the average monthly cost to households was nearly $1,200, a cost that was largely driven by the cost of bottled water.
While the numbers are staggering, the costs associated with this crisis are still far greater than what it takes to keep the nation’s economy going.
Water has long been a staple of American life.
But as water becomes more scarce and water companies and communities become more overwhelmed, Americans are at greater risk of becoming exposed to lead, the report found.
“People with preexisting medical conditions, people with disabilities, people who live in poverty, people living in rural areas, and people who have a history of poverty are more at risk of being exposed to elevated levels of lead in their drinking water than people without those circumstances,” David Cohen, the director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Health Policy and Research, said in a statement.
“This is particularly true for African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and young people.
These populations are more likely to live in rural or remote areas, where water quality is often compromised, and where access to clean water is not always available.”
The lead crisis was exacerbated by the Obama administration’s decision to divert water from Flint, which is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Detroit.
After Flint switched water sources in April 2014, residents in the city of Flint reported elevated levels in blood lead levels, according a report by the U,D.C.-based National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Despite the water switch, the federal government failed to take action to protect the city’s residents.
In January 2016, Governor Rick Snyder announced a $5.3 billion plan to replace the pipes that deliver Flint’s water.
The federal government has also pledged $4 billion to the state, but the Trump administration has refused to commit additional funds.
This crisis has also been met with criticism from environmental groups, including groups that support clean water and the right to clean air and water.
A new report by Greenpeace released on Tuesday says that the United Nations’ World Health Organization and the World Bank have warned that the lead crisis will have a significant impact on health, the environment and economic growth.
But the report also said the crisis could have serious consequences for the health of Americans who are already suffering from lead poisoning.
More than half of all U. S. children are now living in homes that do not have access to a safe and healthy drinking water supply, according the U.,D.O. report.
Cohen said the federal and state governments need to do more to prevent and treat the crisis.
“As Flint emerges from the lead poisoning crisis, the U’s and the U.’s World Health and U. ‘s efforts need to be more ambitious in terms of ensuring that Flint residents have access not just to clean drinking water but also to safe, healthy foods and nutrition,” he said.
“A more effective approach to the lead problem is to make the water and sanitation systems safe and reliable.”