Erin Brockovich, a famous environmental activist and fighter for clean water, explains what how she protects herself against contaminated water anywhere in the world. Following is a transcript of the video.
Erin Brockovich: I know that we are all familiar with what happened in Flint, Michigan. What people don’t know, but the communities that are impacted do know, is we’re dealing with over 200 locations now with lead levels higher than Flint, Michigan.
When I’m out and about, I do drink a lot of bottled water, unfortunately because I kind of know the water systems. I was just down in North Carolina, where they were having that situation with GenX. And I jumped in the shower and it dawned one me.
I’m like, “Oh my gosh.” I mean, it startled me because they haven’t gotten it out of the water yet and — ew. I take a lot of “spit baths.” I tell you, I travel internationally and — Oh gosh, I didn’t think I want to admit this but I’ll go awhile without a shower because I don’t want to get in the water.
And it’s concerning for everybody and I hear this from people across the board and they’re concerned for their children and they don’t have other resource or they rely on bottled water or they’ll take a quick spit bath.
A lot of people don’t realize that we’re under about 1500 boil water notices a week in the United States and those numbers are climbing. So we’re concerned about it for a whole host of reasons from Legionnaires’ to brain-eating amoebas that we are actually seeing in the water down in the South to a superbug outbreak, so it’s concerning.
But bottled water for me, spit bath. If I know where I’m at and I know the condition of the water, I just brush my teeth dry and I try to take every precaution that I can but it’s — it’s sad, it’s frustrating.
I know a lot of people are experiencing it, just be vigilant, that’s been my greatest message, be aware, be informed, be vigilant, be proactive, that’s the best way to protect your health and welfare if you are uncertain about your water condition.