Flint is located 70 miles north of Detroit, Michigan. A city of 98,310, where 41.6% of residents live below the poverty line and the median household income is $24,679.
The state of Michigan took over Flint’s finances in 2011. Even though Flint’s water supply fund was $9 million in the red, officials were using some of this money to cover the shortness in their general fund. While a new pipeline connecting Flint with Lake Huron was under construction, the city turned to the Flint River as a water source during the two year transition. The Flint River had been the city’s primary water source decades earlier, but Flint switched to Lake Huron in 1967, purchasing its supply through the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
The water in the Flint River downstream of Flint has been of poor quality, and was severely degraded during the 1970s, due to “the presence of fecal coliform bacteria, low dissolved oxygen, plant nutrients, oils, and toxic substances.” In 2001, the state ordered the monitoring and cleanup of 134 polluted sites within the Flint River watershed, including industrial complexes, landfills and farms with pesticides and fertilizer. The river water was found to be 19 times more corrosive than water from Detroit. Since the water wasn’t properly treated, lead from aging lines began leaching into the Flint water supply after the city tapped into the Flint River as its main water source.
CNN states that “Governor Snyder announces an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease occurred in the Flint area between June 2014 and November 2015, with 87 cases and 10 deaths. It is unclear, however, whether the spike is linked to the water switch.” Which I think is so funny. Mainstream media will never place the blame where it is needed, but will blame the city itself for having “piss-poor” water treatments since the dawn of time. It started in April of 2014, people start dying from disease beginning June 2014 onward… Hmm. Who is doing the testing? Not just on the water, but on the autopsies as well?
Several lawsuits have been filed against government officials on the issue, and several investigations have been opened. On January 5, 2016, the city was declared to be in a state of emergency by the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, before President Barack Obama declared it as a federal state of emergency, authorizing additional help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
A total of ten Government Officials have been charged with criminal offenses, thanks to our good man, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. From Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, all the way to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. these charged stem from misconduct, to tampering with evidence, & neglect.
I hope they are all found guilty, to be honest. These are peoples’ lives that are being effected, adults, children, parents, friends. 10 deaths, 10 lives’ gone, just like that.
Hopefully it won’t take too much longer for the water supply to be repaired in Flint. I know it will take some time to build that pipeline, but some other guides to help in the meantime, are very necessary. I think all options should still be looked at. I know tests are still being ran on the water, & it will take them time to review the results to see if it has progressed or digressed.
My hearts continue to go out to Flint, Michigan. One of the most humane supplements for life, can be destroyed in a heart beat, & nobody cares to notice because they’re only worried about when that new iPhone drops. This is a sad world. God Bless us all!