Ensia discusses WILL CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASE THE PRESENCE OF PATHOGENS IN DRINKING WATER? As storms grow more severe and temperatures climb, contamination of groundwater by animal and human waste could be on the rise as well.
October 21, 2020 — Editor’s note: This story is part of a nine-month investigation of drinking water contamination across the U.S. The series is supported by funding from the Park Foundation and Water Foundation. View related stories here.
Many people assume that the water that flows from our taps is free of harmful microorganisms. But each year thousands of Americans in rural areas, small towns and even some cities are sickened by living pathogens that can flourish in untreated or inadequately treated water from private wells and municipal systems.