Poll: Americans split over safety of US drinking water
An Associated Press poll shows only about half of Americans are very confident in the safety of their drinking water. And more than half say the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, is a sign of widespread problems in the U.S.
Forty-seven percent of those responding to the AP-GfK poll said they’re extremely or very confident about the safety of their drinking water, while 33 percent said they’re moderately confident. About seven in 10 said they drink tap water, but about half of those first run it through a filter.
Trust is even weaker among minorities and people with lower income.
Flint’s water became tainted because water drawn from the Flint River wasn’t treated properly and caused lead to leach from old pipes.