By Haili Blassengame


Human beings start their days with water. A warm shower. Brushing teeth. Washing faces. The more than two million Americans who live without running water, however, aren’t afforded this luxury. 

Native American households are 19 times more likely to lack indoor plumbing than white households. And Blacks and Latinos are twice as likely according to the U.S Water Alliance and DigDeep.

And more than 25 million Americans don’t drink water that meets federal health standards according to a study conducted by The Guardian.

Some places are trying to address the problem. Earlier this year, Newark, New Jersey, finished replacing all 23,000 of its lead pipes.

We hear from one of the people behind that push. But we start the conversation in Navajo Nation where one in three homes don’t have running water.


Kurt Schwabe  Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Riverside
Emma Robbins Executive director; the Navajo Water Project at Dig Deep
Maura Allaire Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, University of California Irvine
Yvette Jordan Teacher, Central High School, Newark NJ, Community Activist

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