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And it was the same routine in nearly every other home visited."Most Americans take it completely for granted; they thought this problem was solved a long time ago," said George McGraw, founder and CEO of the non-profit DigDeep.After "Sunday Morning" aired its report on the lack of running water in the Navajo Nation in 2015, McGraw said, "We were getting calls and emails from people across the country saying, 'Oh, like, I live in this town in Mississippi,' or, 'I live in this town in California, and I thought we were the only ones. The results showed that two million Americans – and probably more – are suffering today with no safe running water, or even plumbing, in their homes.McGraw said, "There was one finding from the report that is, I think, truly terrifying, and that's that in six states, and in Puerto Rico, during the time we were studying in the report, those states went backwards in access. It's so common it doesn't even make headlines anymore.Seventy-three-year-old Hattie Avery has lived in this once-booming coal mining town all her life: "You can run the water sometimes, and it's brown as I am, so you know that it can't be safe. Cowan asked, "Is there a sense of urgency about it?""Unfortunately, no."But it's pretty urgent for those hit the hardest; Black and Latino Americans are twice as likely as White Americans to live without running water.Take East Orosi, a mostly Latino community surrounded by the fertile orchards of California's Central Valley. Very upsetting and heartbroken more than anything."WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Mayra Carrillo on the scarcity of lean water:Cowan asked DigDeep's George McGraw, "Is there a thread that runs through all these communities, as to why this is happening?""These communities are our invisible neighbors," said McGraw, "the ones that for whatever reason their neighbors around them didn't want to see, didn't want to look at, didn't want to acknowledge.

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