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The closure of water companies in the United States has left some unable to wash their hands

The closure of water companies in the United States has left some unable to wash their hands


The closure of water companies in the United States has left some unable to wash their hands

April 7, 2020

 

Although most of us obsessively wash our hands to prevent the spread of this new coronavirus, there are people in the United States who can't even wash their hands at home as they have been advised.

Artesia, New Mexico, a small town of about 12,000 people in the southern part of the state, about 70 miles from the Mexican border. Last week, KRQE, a television station in Albuquerque, reported that Artesia was cutting off water to some residents because they had not paid their bills.

According to the Food and Water Advisory Group, water cuts are still occurring in various places such as New Jersey, Florida and Missouri. The group says it is difficult to track how many households have been cut off in the country, but it could be as many as 15 million. Even Kirkland, Washington - a suburb of Seattle where the home of the elderly was one of the first places to see deadly effects - has yet to provide a plan to stop service outages.

As of last Tuesday, more than 360 municipalities and states had suspended water cuts, but Mary Grant of the Food and Water Authority told NBC that only 44 districts had promised to give water to people who had previously lost it.