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WATER

SHUTTING DOWN WATER FOR NONPAYMENT

Food & Water Watch has conducted a study of water shutoffs across the country. Their findings are startling.

They found that 15 million people across the U.S. had their water shut off in 2016--1 in 20 households. This is an emergency that must be addressed now. Not having running water presents a number of problems some of which are not being able to bathe or flush toilets. It might force families to move thus disrupting children's education.

Congress must support the WATER Act. Please contact your elected officials and strongly urge them to co-sponsor this act. Everyone has a human right to safe and affordable water service.

Thanks to Food & Water Watch for providing this data.

THE PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS

We've probably all heard the stories of single use plastic in our oceans. Now SISTERS ONLINE is asking you to get involved. This time by approaching businesses that still use so much plastic, eg: McDonald's, Portillo's, etc. Corporate America has been telling us that recycling will take care of the plastic, but don't believe it. Recycling is not enough. It sure helps, but it doesn't solve the issue.

Plastic waste ends up in our oceans and other waterways. Volunteers have been trying to clean up ocean waste, and we certainly love the fact that they are doing this, but now it's time to go to the source of the problem. The fast food restaurants that are primary to the problem in the first place must be approached. Some food giants have committed to reducing their plastic use, eg: Kroger, Aramark, Bon Appetit. Disney amusement parks have reduced the use of plastic straws. Major cities, such as Seattle, are reducing plastic waste. This is GREAT, but we have miles to go.

When you eat in restaurants that still uses plastic straws etc., please ask to talk to the manager and tell him/her that the plastic is not good for the ocean or sealife. Ask them to make a change. Be nice, but firm. Supermarkets are another source of single use plastic. We all grocery shop. Please tell your supermarket manager to curb the use of plastic.

We are growing more informed, but, as stated above, we have so much more to do. Thanks for getting involved.

 

MORE THAN 40% OF SCHOOLS FAIL TO TEST FOR LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

In 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that more than 40% of the schools in the U.S. failed to test for lead. If you are concerned about this, the best thing you can do is contact your elected officials in Washington and tell them about your conerns.

Last year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a searchable national drinking water database that provides information about contamination in the tap water of virtually every American. The GAO's report also provides guidance on what people can do to protect themselves and their families from the risks from lead in drinking water.

For school data, click here

For the national drinking water database, click here

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--Question: Approximately how long does it take for a plastic water bottle to decompose?

Answer: According to the EPA, a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose. Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is 450 years. By one estimate, approximately 50 billion bottles of water are consumed per year in the United States and around 200 billion bottles globally.

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--The majority of tap water contains plastic pollutants, according to an Orb Media study, which found synthetic fibers in 83% of 159 drinking-water samples from around the world. Scientists are unsure of the health implications.

--Find out about water in your area: http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/index.cfm

--Visit http://water.org