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Tainted water plagues many black communities

Skepticism about drinking water is pervasive in many black communities in urban areas, but it also affects pockets of poverty in states such as Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Texas, where many residents rely on antiquated water systems.

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Military contamination to poison water for years

At 149 current and former U.S. military bases, the contamination is so severe that they have been designated Superfund sites by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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