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One Planet: How can we ensure access to safe and affordable drinking water in the US?



On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation about the current state of drinking water in the US.

The water crisis in Flint Michigan put a national spotlight on the aging infrastructure and drinking water quality across the country. According to a recent study, between 1982 and 2015, up to 45 million people annually were affected by water quality issues, particularly those living in low-income and rural communities. How can we ensure clean water for all?


Maura Allaire, assistant professor of urban policy and public planning at the University of California-Irvine

Mary Grant, Public Water for All Campaign Director at Food & Water Watch


Web Resources:

Food & Water Watch


The NY Times: Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

The NY Times: In American Towns, Private Profits From Public Works

High Country News: Beware the privatization of your town’s water

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.