Stirring the Waters: Investigating why many in Appalachia lack reliable, clean water

Will Wright, Caity Coyne And Molly Born
December 9, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

For many families in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, the absence of clean, reliable drinking water has become part of daily life.

They buy bottled water rather than drink what comes out of their taps. They collect rainwater in buckets, fearing there won’t be any running water at all the next day. They drive to natural springs on the sides of highways and backroads to fill up jugs for cooking and making coffee.

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