The state of water quality in Flint, Mich. has been of high interest in recent years, but rural areas around the state are also struggling to provide safe drinking water.

According to Michigan’s chapter of the Sierra Club, rural areas have been underinvesting in their water treatment needs at a higher rate than cities are. Michigan leads the nation in number of private wells.

“We’re seeing levels of lead near or above the action level…across the board,” said Amy Lachance, the water supply section chief at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

SOURCE: greatlakesecho.org