Hillary Clinton on charges in Flint, Mich., water crisis: 'It's important that people are held accountable for water poisoning in Flint, but Congress needs to act now to help Flint families' - @HillaryClinton
Editor's note: Flint, Mich., employee Michael Glasgow is accused of tampering with evidence and willful neglect of office in the city's water crisis; he allegedly changed test results to show there was less lead in the water supply than there actually was. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Steven Busch and Michael Prysby are charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, and a treatment violation and monitoring violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. None of the charged individuals have been arraigned, nor did the three appear in court when their warrants were issued. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to announce the charges at a 1 p.m. press conference. We'll have live video and coverage on our app. - Rebecca
Drinking water, also known as potable water or improved drinking water, is water safe enough for drinking and food preparation. Globally, in 2012, 89% of people had access to water suitable for drinking. Nearly 4 billion had access to tap water while another 2.3 billion had access to wells or public taps. 1.8 billion people still use an unsafe drinking water source which may be contaminated by feces. This can result in infectious diarrhea such as cholera and typhoid among others.
Water is essential for life. The amount of drinking water required is variable. It depends on physical activity, age, health issues, and environmental conditions. It is estimated that the average American drinks about one litre of water a day with 95% drinking less than three liters per day. For those working in a hot climate, up to 16 liters a day may be required. Water makes up about 60% of weight in men and 55% of weight in women. Infants are about 70% to 80% water while the elderly are around 45%.
Typically in developed countries, tap water meets drinking water quality standards, even though only a small proportion is actually consumed or used in food preparation. Other typical uses include washing, toilets, and irrigation. Greywater may also be used for toilets or irrigation. Its use for irrigation however may be associated with risks. Water may also be unacceptable due to levels of toxins or suspended solids. Reduction of waterborne diseases and development of safe water resources is a major public health goal in developing countries. Bottled water is sold for public consumption in most parts of the world. The word potable came into English from the Late Latin potabilis, meaning drinkable.