According to Reuters, Washington, United States rivers and streams are becoming ‘saltier and more alkaline over the last 50 years.’ The problem is due in large part to the use of salts on roads for de-icing and snow melt, as well as heavy fertilizer use in this country which often leaches nitrates and salts into the water table.
Increased salt levels in water causes pipelines to corrode quickly which will then leach lead into the drinking water. High levels salt helped create the Detroit lead crisis where many children were found with high levels lead.
Scientists say 66% of U.S. streams and rivers have become more alkaline over the past 50 years.
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