By NBC News
June 29, 2016

More than 5,000 water systems across the country are violating rules meant to keep lead out of drinking water, advocates said Tuesday.

While the case in Flint, Michigan has dominated headlines, cities and towns across the U.S. are in similar danger, the Natural Resources Defense Council found in a report.

“We have got millions of Americans drinking water that poses health risks to them and their families,” the NRDC’s Erik Olson told reporters on a conference call.

“Our analysis indicates that in 2015, over 18 million people were served by 5,363 community water systems that violated the Lead and Copper Rule,” the NRDC said…

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