For millions of Americans in farm country, tap water comes with an unwanted dose of toxic contaminants – pesticides, fertilizers, animal wastes and other substances that are associated with health hazards, including some types of cancer, birth defects and communicable diseases.
Rural Americans are bearing the brunt of the health risks and economic costs of unchecked farm pollution.
Across U.S., eruptions of toxic algae threatening drinking water and recreation
The Maumee River, overloaded with fertilizer and manure, is the single largest source of the phosphorus that triggers blooms of toxic algae in Lake Erie
Des Moines Water Works has struggled for years to provide safe drinking water to its customers, battling nitrate contaminationfrom upstream farms.
America has a serious problem with nitrate contamination of drinking water – and it is most severe in the small communities that can least afford to fix it.
Atrazine, a widely used agricultural weedkiller that disrupts hormones, contaminates tap water supplies for about 7.6 million Americans at potentially harmful levels.
Pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other substances flow off farm fields and end up in our drinking water.
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Nationwide Incidences of Farm Pollution in Drinking Water
Across the U.S., agriculture contaminates millions of Americans’ drinking water. Click the blue dots on the map to see news stories describing how agriculture is polluting drinking water in communities. Examples of drinking water pollution from agriculture can be seen across the U.S., in almost all 50 states.