A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that more than 18 million Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015. The NRDC points out that the seriousness of this issue as many of the water systems known to have lead violations, like Flint, Michigan, do not show up as such in government databases designed to track these problems.
This is where the NRDC's “What’s In Your Water: Flint and Beyond” comes into play:
“What’s In Your Water: Flint and Beyond” documents the prevalence of lead in drinking water issues across America. The report offers a deep dive into the issues that contributed to widespread lead contamination in Flint, mapping Environmental Protection Agency violations for the federal Lead and Copper Rule, and documenting the lack of enforcement against those violations. NRDC’s analysis and its accompanying digital maps expose the scope of lead-related issues in drinking water systems across the United States.