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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 media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.