From The Hill:
Clean water crisis threatens US
- Hundreds of cities and towns are at risk of sudden and severe shortages, either because available water is not safe to drink or because there simply isn’t enough of it.
- The situation has grown so dire the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism.
- The problem is being felt most acutely in the West, where drought conditions and increased water use have helped turn lush agricultural areas to dust.
UPDATE: With a new headline from Truthout:
“Nestlé Is Trying to Break Us”: A Pennsylvania Town Fights Predatory Water Extraction
Donna Diehl, a 55-year-old school bus driver from Kunkeltown, Pennsylvania, a small historic town located on the edge of the Poconos, wanted to do three things this year: drive the bus, paint her bathroom and learn to crochet. Instead, Diehl, along with dozens of her neighbors, is spending her time trying to stop the largest food and beverage corporation in the world from taking her community’s water, putting it in bottles and selling it for a massive profit.