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Some US Communities Are Forced To Live With Poor Water Infrastructure

The Natural Resources Defense Council says the U.S. has a "drinking water crisis." That's especially true in a Kentucky county.
Posted at 11:06 AM, Feb 27, 2018

In this Kentucky county, running water is unpredictable.

"That's where I keep jugs filled up to flush the commodes and wash with," resident Asher Maynard said.

But Martin County is far from the only place in the country facing water concerns.

Last year, the Natural Resources Defense Council declared the U.S. has a "drinking water crisis."

The NRDC blames old water infrastructure and ignored protocol to prevent potential health risks. In 2015, community water systems — which served more than 77 million Americans — reportedly racked up 80,000 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

In Martin County, leaking water pipes are the norm, but there isn't a budget to replace them.

Asher Maynard uses a combination of collected and bottled water. He says he still gets a water bill.

"Like I say, if you're lucky, that will come on at 2:30, 4 o'clock in the morning," Maynard said. 

It's hard to predict how long this issue will persist in Martin County. But younger generations have recently helped bring the community together to discuss possible solutions.