‘We’re going backwards in water access’: How 46 million Americans still don’t have safe drinking water

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With aging infrastructure and climate change, water insecurity is soaring. DigDeep is working to help these communities.

Rosa Runyon and Shanna Yazzie know what it’s like for the people of Jackson, Mississippi. Six months after the city’s water system failed, residents continue having trouble finding safe drinking water. Both have lived a lifetime with water insecurity. Runyon, in West Virginia, had a makeshift and often failing piping system that ran from an abandoned coal mine to her home; Yazzie, in Arizona, has no indoor plumbing at all and has to haul water for all of her family’s needs.

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