Hundreds of thousands of Americans are exposed to health risks from water contaminated with lead, toxic chemicals, and microbes.

NRDC fights to secure clean, safe drinking water for all Americans. We stand with low-income communities and people of color who bear a disproportionate burden of polluted water. We call on policymakers to improve aging infrastructure and protect drinking-water sources from mining, drilling, and industrial development. And we go to court to close loopholes that allow health hazards to go unchecked by polluting industries and government agencies.

What We're Doing


The devastating lead contamination of the tap water in Flint, Michigan highlights potentially disastrous gaps in the provision of safe drinking water to all Americans—especially the most vulnerable.

On Location

Stories from the front lines of the nation's drinking water crisis.

Related Priorities

What You Can Do

Unsafe Water More Common in Communities of Color

When it comes to safe drinking water in America, race still matters.

How to protect yourself from lead-contaminated water

What Can We Do to Fix the Drinking Water Problem in America?

Protect People From Toxic PFAS Chemicals

What's in Your Drinking Water?

Everything you need to know about lead

Toxic “Forever Chemicals” Came Between This Farmer, His Cows, and the Air Force

Flint Pediatrician Concerned About High Lead Levels in Drinking Water

Experts & Resources