Myth: Flint Is the Only U.S. City To Suffer a Tap Water Catastrophe

The toxic water in Flint, Michigan, might be the most well-known water catastrophe in the United States, but it is not the only one. 

Newark, New Jersey, has been struggling through a lead contamination issue very similar to the one that took place in Flint. Many families in both cities still rely on bottled water because of the toxic pipelines. 

While Flint and Newark are both catastrophes caused by lead pipes, that is not the only issue American towns are facing. Crumbling pipelines have also led to water pressure losses and contamination. The city of Jackson, Mississippi, went more than a month without water after a winter storm burst its pipes while Keystone, West Virginia, has gone years without clean water. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that one pipeline bursts every two minutes in the United States. To find out if your water has been compromised, visit

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