Flint, Michigan, is in the midst of a crisis because of a contaminated water supply. A threat has been imposed upon residents of the area for the past two years and is now in the forefront of the nation’s attention. Unhealthy drinking water has plagued the community by disrupting the health and livelihood of thousands of people. While some claim corruption, others just demand a call to action to the nation, and for the government to right the wrongs that have disrupted the lives of many. Here are things that we everyone should know about this crisis:
- Flint switched water sources in order to cut costs.
In April 2014, officials from the office of Michigan approved funneling water from the Flint River for resident’s supply. The change from Lake Huron, the town’s previous water supply, provided a new water source that reportedly contained more salt and flowed through corroded pipes that were pulling lead into the water stream.
- Thousands of children have been exposed to lead.
According to census information that was updated on multiple USA sources, 8,657 children have been exposed to lead poisoning from drinking the water since the first report of contamination. Some of the local pediatricians have reported that lead levels in toddlers doubled since the water supply change.
- Three state of emergencies have been issued for the Michigan city.
New elected Mayor Karen Weaver and Governor Rick Snyder both declared states of emergency in January 2016 for Flint residents. The National Guard has been asked to deliver clean water to nearly 100,000 people. President Obama issued a state of emergency and requested that FEMA deliver water, water filters, cartridges and water test kits to the thousands of people affected.
- An estimated $1.5 billion is the cost of repair for the city’s damaged distribution system.
After warning residents to refrain from consuming water, the mayor has stated the city will partner with the state of Michigan to help repair the infrastructure of the water system, resolve the issue and to help the city move forward. Governor Rick Snyder has asked for $28 million in funds to provide things such as bottled water and filters and treatment for those with high lead levels.
Many celebrities are helping out with the crisis and the nation is hoping and praying that the detrimental effects will soon subside.
Written by: Joyrina Hunter, Associate Editor, Modern Domestic