Source: New York Times

In rural Midwestern farming towns, water is contaminated to the point that families won’t use it for anything at all.

A combination of industrial farms and slack regulations have led to the contamination of waterways in rural areas over the years.

Though there is no simple way to monitor water contamination in waterways and water resources due to the fact that there is no one single company heading them all, samples conducted by the United States Geological Survey found that at least one in every 5 wells serving 43 million Americans are contaminated.

As environmental policies are loosened on water pollution and contamination under the administration, more rural communities are battling with ways to access clean water or pay through the nose for digging new wells.

New York Times reports that in Wisconsin at least 6 percent of all the state’s wells, or approximately 42,000 wells, exceeded nitrate standards. In many cases locals are arguing the the government’s relaxed approach to dealing with water pollution violations has made the problem worse over the last few years.

Read Full Story: New York Times

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Rural Communities Struggling with Heavy Water Contamination Across the U.S.