Drinking water from wells and streams in the United States is under attack from corrosive and potentially deadly contaminants like arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and mercury-containing metals.
The government has issued more than 6 million orders to private water suppliers in 2017, including orders for more than 2.3 million residential taps.
In some cases, water from private wells was turned into drinking water for thousands of people.
In a report issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May, the EPA said it had detected arsenic, lead, mercury and other dangerous chemicals in the water supply from 1,600 water wells in 50 states.
Drinking water quality has also deteriorated in some parts of the country as a result of the contamination.
According to a 2016 report by the Government Accountability Office, more than 100,000 water systems across the country had been contaminated with lead.
“The water supply is not the only thing that is being compromised,” said Matt Gresham, director of the Water Resources Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“We’re seeing a significant number of people in rural areas being affected.”
The report found that arsenic in drinking water from well sites in the U: 1,500,000,000 arsenic, 2,300,000 cadmion, 4,500 arsenic, 3,000 lead, 3% cadm, 1% mercury, 1.5% arsenic, 1%.
Drinking water is not only being compromised, but the water itself is also under attack.
As a result, the nation has seen an explosion of people, businesses, and communities moving out of the cities and into the rural areas.
The problem has been especially acute in rural counties in the South, including the poorest and most isolated communities.
“It’s really the poorest people who are being impacted the most,” said Sarah Bower, a water quality specialist with the American Water Works Association.
“In the South the problem is with people who have no water, or who are not able to access drinking water.”
People are leaving the cities to make their own drinking water and finding it difficult to do so in many places, including New York, Los Angeles, and parts of Texas.
As of July 2017, there were 4.5 million homes without tap water in the West, the highest level since the Census began tracking the region in 1850.
The most recent data from the Water Department shows that the number of households without tap access increased to 2.1 million from 1.9 million in the same period a year earlier.
The number of individuals without tap drinking water also increased.
“If people are not drinking water that’s not safe, there’s no way you can get the treatment and the disinfection that you need,” Bower said.
The United States, a country with one of the highest rates of childhood asthma, has also experienced a spike in cases.
The National Center for Health Statistics found that the total number of cases of asthma and related respiratory disorders increased by 6.3 percent between 2011 and 2016, according to the CDC.
The rate of deaths related to asthma has also increased significantly over the past decade.
In 2017, more people were diagnosed with asthma than any other year, according the CDC, and the increase is even higher among people who were younger at the time.
In New York City, for example, the number was nearly 2,000 higher than the same time in 2016.
“When you have a population that’s really low in education, poor health, and people with lower incomes and income mobility, there is a lot of pressure on the health care system to provide better health care,” Bowers said.
“I think the whole health care problem is just exacerbated because people are leaving to make a better living.”
The EPA estimates that drinking water contamination costs the economy an estimated $16 billion a year.
According the EPA, most of the problems are caused by a lack of safe water supplies, and lack of oversight and enforcement, which is why the EPA is asking for help from private citizens.
In addition to addressing the issues identified in the report, the Trump administration is also looking to increase the use of technology to protect against the contaminants.
The U.N. agency says the use and development of smart taps and water filters are critical to reducing the water contamination crisis.
The EPA has asked for $6 billion in funding for the technology over the next five years.
As the report notes, the technologies are not yet in widespread use, and testing of drinking water filters and smart taps are not easy.
“A lot of the solutions are in the realm of science and technology,” Gresh said.
But he said the government is working to make the process of testing and testing smart taps a safer and more efficient process.
“This is a long-term solution that needs to be addressed as soon as possible,” he said.
According Gresman, the public health community needs to get involved.
“One of the things we have to remember is that