How many Americans get sick from dirty drinking water each year?



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    The best estimate is 19 million, though there’s not always a clear way to tell when someone’s illness is from water or something else.  In the article in the first citation where I got that number, it also says, “More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.”  It’s not clear how you can protect yourself if you suspect your city is letting bad water come through your taps, though bottled water is likely not the answer, since many bottled waters, notable Dasani, are actually tap water, as well.  Check out this article for proof:

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