The economic inequality that divides Boston residents
By Kaela Anderson, Juliette Chacon, Yuri Choi, and Jesse Goodman
All living beings need clean drinking water to live, but in Boston access depends on race and socioeconomic status. According to data from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, residents of less-affluent neighborhoods in Boston are more likely to have drinking water delivered through lead pipes exposing them to potential health hazards.
Lead impacts people of all ages, but it’s especially dangerous for children. Most cases of lead poisoning are the result of paint, but up to 10 percent of cases are caused by tainted water and other causes. Epidemiologist Mariya Fishbeyn from the Boston Department of Public Health says “Children living in low-income communities are over three times more likely to have elevated blood lead levels compared to children living in high income communities. Black children are nearly 2.5 times more likely to have lead poisoning when compared to white children.”