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Welcome to America, but don’t drink the water. Mexico’s Government could promote to its citizens, “ Visit America, but don’t drink the water.” Promoting that slogan may be the best immigration policy for America.

 

Last year, the City of Flint, Michigan’s water troubles ruptured on to the world scene, after it was reported that the powerful, neglected at best and intentionally at worst, allowed it’s citizens to be exposed to high levels of lead drinking water. A report stated that 5 percent of the children screened there had high blood lead levels.

 

What we have since learned is that Flint is no freak City. In fact, a Reuters Report confirms that nearly 3,000 areas where lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the height of that city’s water crisis. In addition, more than 1,100 of these communities had a rate of elevated blood tests at least four times higher.

 

It is time for American’s to wake up and smell the water. America’s drinking water is extremely contaminated. I argue again, that many of the sickness and diseases we face today are a direct consequence of our drinking water.

 

We should not for a moment, expect the big, powerful and the wealthy, who are profiting from our sicknesses and illnesses to change the situation. We, the people alone will do it. I am one voice crying in the wilderness, Don’t drink the water.” Know this, when you drink water from a faucet you are drinking contamination into your body. You are drinking not only lead, but feces and other highly toxic contaminants at unacceptable levels. It has become so dire in America, that a lot of our bottled water is contaminated. America’s water is in decline, and this may be indicative of America itself.

Graphic: Charlie Szymanski, Christine Chan, Matt Weber Source: State agencies or CDC. Some states did not include data for census tracts and zip codes if the testing numbers were small, usually below five, to protect patient privacy. These areas appear as if no one was tested.
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