The Flint water crisis has been going on for three years now. Back in 2014, Flint interrupted collaboration with Detroit. For lack of a secondary water source, the city of Flint, Michigan used Flint River as the main reservoir of drinking water for its locals. However, the officials failed to provide the necessary anti-corrosive treatments, and citizens started showing signs of a decaying general health. Children were the first to suffer because of contaminated drinking water. They started developing rashes and unknown diseases. Despite numerous campaigns addressed to authorities to protect their citizens, the mayor announced a further period of two years until the critical situation is fixed.
A new report on CNN showed that, after three years from its official recognition, Flint water crisis remained as vicious as during its first days. The water is still heavily contaminated with lead while residents have to deal with the consequences of poisonous tap water. The problem occurred back in 2014 when the mayor decided to terminate the contract related to Lake Huron and instate the Flint River as the main source of drinking water for the locals. The reason behind this decision had a financial purpose only to cut down on expenses.
The current Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, wrote to EPA last week and addressed the water crisis. According to this text, the officials are not going to be able to solve the problem until 2019. This situation is the result of an ongoing project that regards the construction process for a water treatment plant. More exactly, the improvements will be ready as of August 2019.
According to scientists from Virginia Tech, Lake Huron is 19 times less corrosive than Flint River. Because of these untreated, aggressive environmental agents, the pipelines started presenting massive amounts of lead that infected the drinking water of an entire city. Even though the river smelt and tasted odd, the authorities didn’t immediately announce any health care issue. It was only after two years of brown tap water that EPA announced a Safe Drinking Emergency Order as a result of their findings of dangerous amounts of lead.
Since this federal intervention, the situation has improved. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality conducted a new study that lasted for six months. The results discovered that the lead contamination dropped below federal limit. On the other hand, residents are still not using tap water as drinking water, yet they rely on bottles from the market. The state continues to encourage people to use filtered water for drinking and cooking.
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