Watered Down Justice
Safe drinking water is a pillar in good water policy, but many communities of color face barriers that lead to a chronic lack of water access. Serious disinvestments in water infrastructure, which are fueled by systemic racism, have made significant impacts on majority-black cities like Newark, New Jersey and Flint Michigan. This report found that water systems that consistently violated clean water laws were 40% more likely to operate in communities of color, creating serious health and sanitation issues. Additionally, over 80% of water system violations occurred in areas with less than 3,300 residents, making it even less likely for rural communities of color to have clean drinking water. The report argues that clean water laws and regulations must be updated to reverse the effects of environmental racism and create safe water systems everywhere.