A nationwide survey of 1,711 adults living in private households revealed that awareness of water quality problems has increased in the last two years. The survey was commissioned by the Water Quality Association (WQA) and conducted by Applied Research-West, Inc. between Feb 1 and Feb 15.
Media has played a role in increasing awareness. Survey showed 43% of the respondents learned about health contaminants from the media, compared to 27% in 2015. Thirty three percent respondents chose lead as a water contaminant, compared to 15% two years ago.
According to Pauli Undesser, WQA Executive Director, “News coverage of the Flint, Michigan lead crisis likely played into the rise of awareness of water quality issues from the news media.”