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2 million Americans don't have access to running water and basic plumbing


December 12, 2019

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Many people in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and one of a handful of regions included in a qualitative analysis, don't have access to sanitation or safe drinking water.

More than 2 million people in the U.S. lack running water and basic indoor plumbing, according to a new report by the human-rights nonprofit DigDeep and the nonprofit U.S. Water Alliance - and race and poverty are key determinants of who has access to clean water and sanitation.

Native Americans are 19 times more likely to lack indoor plumbing than their white counterparts, putting them in the worst spot of any group, and African-American and Latinx households lack indoor plumbing at almost twice the rate of white households, the report found.


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