TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Florida State University researcher has made a link between the impacts of climate change and untreated drinking water and how its making children sick.
Assistant Professor of Geography Chris Uejio partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Health to look at a health disparity going on in northern and central Wisconsin.
Surprisingly, a lot of the local communities don't treat their drinking water, meaning there's no filtration or chlorination.
Uejio's study found that in these communities during periods of heavy rainfall there was an increase rate of illness.
He also says there is good evidence that these heavy rainfall events and the climate is going to increase.
"Climate change sounds like it is this big scary issue and it's really hard to understand how it may impact our everyday lives and our study tries to do that," said Uejio, "it actually shows that rainfall, a very specific part of climate change, is actually increasing our risk of becoming sick."
He adds that there is a lot people can do to help this. They can treat their drinking water and install a water treatment system so they can become more resilient and adaptive to climate change.
"They may not be as concerned about climate change, but everyone is concerned about their drinking water, everyone is concerned about their children and the health of their children," said Uejio.
He hopes that his study will be a springboard for other researchers to also investigate these impacts in other areas across the United States.