Surveys Say: Americans Support Safe Drinking Water but Don't Know Where it Comes From
Two recent surveys, one by Ipsos and another by The Nature Conservancy, shed light on American perspectives of their water.
The first study, an online poll of 1,015 adults, showed that "61 percent of Americans believe access to safe drinking water and sanitation should be a priority for the United States government when assisting developing nations." The second study demonstrated that more than 3/4 of Americans "could not accurately identify the natural source of the water used in their homes."
These results are not surprising, as they seem to validate the notion that American's take their water for granted. I would argue that most people in the US, even those in rural areas, don't realize there are very real water challenges here in our country.
Another question from the Ipsos poll revealed that "more than half of Americans agree it is important for the United States to invest in American-based charities that provide developing nations with access to safe drinking water and sanitation." We are so quick to offer donations for developing nations, but why aren't we supporting our own infrastructure?