Safe-Drinking-Water Action Guide

Issue Brief
Strategy Center

Arsenic can harm health for a lifetime. It causes cancer and lowers intelligence.

Yet, tens of thousands of Mainers are ingesting unsafe amounts of arsenic that come from the bedrock where wells are drilled.

This four-page Safe-Drinking-Water Action Guide published in 2016 by the Strategy Center uses Maine state data showing that in a state where half the population drinks and cooks with well water, one in eight wells is estimated to be unsafe. That leaves more than 100,000 children and adults at risk.

The guide argues that Maine must end this public health crisis, and suggests how passing new state legislation can help do so. The Strategy Center's position is summarized: "All families have the right to drinking water that’s safe and affordable."