Flint water crisis in Michigan

images-2There has been an uprising from Flint residents about the water that is contaminated. This is a problem that started all the way back in March of 2013 when the Flint City Council agreed to stop buying Detroit water and start a new pipeline with the Karegnondi Water Authority Project. This pipeline would bring Flint water directly from the Flint River. This would save them approximately 18 million dollars over several years.

In April 2013 the pipeline was officially changed. High levels of lead have plagued Flint’s municipal water supply for at least a year, prompting extensive emergency measures to keep residents safe.

imagesThe Flint Residents started to notice the water tasted weird and looked unfamiliar, and started to complain that the water did not seem suitable to consume. Studies showed that the lead piping being used, elevated lead levels 10 times higher than they had previously measured.

The governor’s office has said that they have “requested funding to switch the source back to the Great Lakes Water Authority,” in order to combat the lead leaching. They have also “appointed an independent task force to identify possible missteps and areas for improvement.”

It is going to take much more then changing the water source back to the Detroit water source to fix Flint’s problems though. The pipes are very damaged and need to be replaced, but the cost of replacing the pipes city wide could total 1.5 billion dollars.

Flint residents are very concerned for their children, and not having clean water. Residents are very outraged about the fact that they are basically paying for poisoned water, and the health of their children because of their consumption of lead laced water. The effects of drinking lead water is irreversible,and it is easier for children to be affected by the lead.

This whole incident has been a big catastrophe for the town of Flint, making the city go into an emergency state of crisis.

Former Flint resident, Michael Moore’s website: http://michaelmoore.com/10FactsOnFlint/ has a lot to say about the crisis. There is much more then lead in Flint’s water. The number of cases in Flint of Legionnaires Disease has increased tenfold since the switch to the river water. Doctors are finding that a half-dozen other toxins are being found in the blood of Flint residents. This is very frighting to the doctors as there might be other health catastrophes that may soon come to light.

These side effects affect much more then just peoples’ health. The residents of Flint can’t sell their homes because under the current conditions nobody would buy a house in Flint. This also does not take into account the damage to pipes in their homes. Home owners in Flint are now stuck with homes that are not worth anything. That’s a total home value of $2.4 billion down the economic drain.




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