In the last two years, the number of people dying of waterborne illnesses in the United States has surged.
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 12,000 people died from waterborne infections, including a staggering 9,000 deaths in 2016 alone.
That number increased by 4.4 million people from the previous year.
Now, waterborne illness deaths are on the rise again, and the CDC says that the increase is likely due in part to increased water usage.
In the past year, the US has seen an unprecedented increase in the amount of water used to flush toilets, shower, and other facilities across the country.
According to a report from the Water Supply Trust, the average household used about 1,500 gallons of water per day in 2017.
That translates to roughly one gallon of water being used for every 24 people in the U.S. That means that for every 1,000 residents that use the most water, 1,900 die from water-related illnesses.
The water supply has also become a significant source of pollution.
As of 2018, the amount that the EPA has spent cleaning up the contamination of water supplies in the US reached nearly $8 billion.
That amount is almost 10 times what the agency spent on the cleanup of the Gulf of Mexico spill in the 1970s.
The EPA has even used water supplies as the source of its own water.
In April 2018, President Trump signed an executive order that required the EPA to conduct a review of its use of water in the West, and to determine the appropriate use of the water supply for future generations.
According the order, the EPA will conduct the review in conjunction with states, tribes, and local governments to determine which water supply resources should be conserved for future use.
The order specifically states that the agency will examine “the water supply infrastructure, infrastructure adequacy, and capacity of the United Nations, the United Nation’s Humanitarian Assistance Mission in the Republic of the Congo, the World Health Organization, and international bodies and organizations.”
Trump also directed the EPA “to develop a plan to address water quality and sanitation infrastructure challenges, including the importance of providing water to communities.”
It is the second time in three years that the Trump administration has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to review its water use.
In March 2018, The New York Times reported that the Environmental Protect Agency had reviewed more than 6,000 water and wastewater sites across the US and found that “as of last fall, more than 5 million Americans were drinking contaminated water from their tap water supply, according to the EPA’s review.”
In July 2018, an Associated Press report said that more people were drinking tap water in parts of the country that have been impacted by the Great Lakes Restoration Act.
The report said, “According to the agency, in the six weeks that it was available, more people drank water from water sources in Michigan than in the entire U.s. during the same period in 2016.”
Earlier this year, an EPA report found that in 2017, more Americans drank water contaminated with PCBs than the average citizen drank in a year, and that the pollution had been found in water from more than a quarter of the U,S.
The findings of the report are part of an EPA study that was released this month, which found that the amount by which water is being used to disinfect water is rising across the U., even as the EPA says that it is “monitoring the water use in the states where it is happening.”