Humanitarian Crisis: Puerto Ricans Are Drinking Potentially Deadly Water So That They Don’t Die

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Puerto Rico Still Suffering From Lack Of Clean Drinking Water

While our headline might not make sense to you, it makes plenty of sense to desperate Puerto Ricans like 39-year-old Juan Carlos Oquendo who spoke to CNN about how’s he’s been living since Hurricane Maria:

“I’m going to drink it. I’ve drank it before. It tastes fine,” Oquendo told CNN as he filled his jugs. “If I don’t drink water I’m going to die. So I might as well drink this water.”

The water that Mr. Oquendo is referring to was gathered from a potentially contaminated water well. Clean water isn’t exactly in abundance since Maria tore through the beloved island.

According to the EPA:

The area is polluted with industrial chemicals, including tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene, “can have serious health impacts including damage to the liver and increasing the risk of cancer,” the EPA said when it designated the site as contaminated.

So, no, it is not “fake news” when Puerto Ricans say they are “dying” and in need of serious aid. Sh!t ain’t sweet regardless of what Donald tries to tell you about the “great job” that’s he’s doing to help.

By the way, three years later, Flint, Michigan still doesn’t have clean water either. See a trend?

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