(Natural News) Water system treatments are failing in various U.S. cities following the Jackson, Mississippi water crisis. The latest areas suffering are New York City, where toxic arsenic levels have been detected in the tap, and Baltimore, where Escherichia coli, also known as E. coli, has been detected in some samples of the water supply.
Earlier in the week, dangerous levels of arsenic were found in a New York City Public Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex that left thousands of residents without safe tap water.
Residents of the city’s largest public housing complexes in the Manhattan borough had no safe drinking water for more than a week after arsenic levels above federal standards were found in the building’s water supply.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to arsenic can cause lung and skin cancers. The NYCHA has been handing out bottled water to residents in the wake of the test results, but many have condemned the agency for failing to inform residents of the potentially contaminated water supply.
In Baltimore, officials are encouraging residents to boil drinking and cooking water after E. coli was detected in some samples of the water supply in parts of West Baltimore.
The city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) posted a series of tweets to tell residents that the bacteria had been found in portions of the city’s ninth council district, which includes the Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park neighborhoods.
“As an extra precaution, DPW will be sampling and surveying the communities in the area of the facilities where the original sampling was performed,” the department’s official Twitter account posted.
According to DPW, they were still investigating the source of the contamination.
As per CBS News Baltimore investigative reporter Mike Hellgren, more than 100,000 people are affected.
Jackson, Mississippi eyes privatization just to resolve the current water crisis
America’s water infrastructure is slowly crumbling to pieces and critics are upset that the current regime has been openly pouring millions in support of Ukraine instead of rebuilding broken water systems.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is already open to all options just to restore the water system in the city of Jackson, including privatization. (Related: America’s infrastructure is crumbling: Jackson, Mississippi out of running water due to treatment plant failure.)
“Privatization is on the table,” Reeves said in a press conference. “Having a commission that oversees failed water systems, as they have in many states, is on the table. So, again, I’m open to ideas.”
The state chief executive did not want to put a timeframe on when residents could have access to clean drinking water, but said it was a “major milestone” that officials were doing investigative testing.
“After the bad water has been flushed through the system we should hopefully find that Jacksonians have access to clean water,” he said.
However, Reeves said it would be “inaccurate” to say the broken system had been “totally solved.”
“We know how to respond, and we can do so effectively. We have the personnel in place today to prevent as many issues as possible while understanding that a week of repairs does not eliminate every risk. But there may be more bad days in the future,” he cautioned.
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