Do you drink tap water? I haven't in over 10 years, and it wasn't specifically due to a threat to my health; filtered/bottled water just tastes better. About a month ago, I wrote about a study stating the highest levels of Chromium-6 in Kentucky's drinking water were in Daviess Co. In turns out, that Chromium-6 was just the beginning. According to the site FluksAqua, the entire state's drinking water quality violations total 194. So, what exactly are we dealing with?

Infographic of U.S. water quality

While Kentucky had no nitrates, arsenic, or radionuclides violations, there are four Coliforms, which if you look at the first four letters, coli, which means fecal bacteria. Disinfection Byproducts violations, which total 190, include Chlorine and Chloramine. Both chemicals are used in water treatment and in swimming pool disinfection.

As far as population affected percentages, Kentucky ranks second in the nation with 17.31%. Considering how much we've seen in the news about Flint, Michigan's water troubles, only 0.81% of the entire state's population is affected by the water quality. The duration section of the infographic refers to the average length of time violations in each state were classified as "unresolved".

I know we both share the first name, but perhaps Erin Brockovich could look into all of this.

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