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Most American think access to clean drinking water is a problem that only people in developing nations face. However, many Americans themselves are now being burdened with a lack of access to clean water.

The Root spoke with organizations that are working to thwart this crisis, offering its list of six things to know as we confront this national crisis.

Several states, particularly those in the Southwest, such as California, New Mexico and Texas, are already struggling with shortages. Making a bad situation worse, the South is experiencing unprecedented drought at “exceptional” levels. The combination of little rain and scorching heat drains reservoirs and increases water consumption, and there’s simply not enough to go around.

Read more at the Root.

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