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the forgotten americans

Focus: Las Colonias


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Water and Waste Water

Drought and arid conditions make water one of the most precious resources in Southwestern communities. Since many colonia families do not have access to adequate plumbing systems, they must haul water or pay high prices to have barrels of water brought to their homes.

50% of people in the colonias do not have access to a toilet, compared to 66% of people in the Third World.

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