Rural Nebraskans voice water quality concerns

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By Heather Akin | ALEC
Photo credit: Craig Chandler | University Communication and Marketing

An annual rural poll, which informs and helps guide development and extension efforts, shows 66% of respondents worry about water quality impacting health.

Seventy-two percent of respondents living in or near communities with populations under 500 do not treat their home water, compared to 45% of persons living in or near communities with populations ranging from 5,000 to 9,999.

“This is an opportunity for all Nebraskans to work together for solutions that ensure the future vitality of our state,” said Crystal Powers, DWFI/NWC Research & Extension Communication Specialist, who was part of the team that contributed questions to the 2022 Rural Poll. “This survey helps guide development of our statewide research and extension efforts.”

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