Flint, Michigan residents affected by lead-poisoned water supplyJanuary 20, 2016
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan went mostly unnoticed until recently, but thousands of children may already be infected with the poisoned water. The crisis, which began in April of 2014, left a massive portion of the population poisoned with lead. Residents complained to the state about the smell, color and taste of the drinking water, but their concerns were largely ignored and now there is state wide public health crisis. In an effort to cut costs the city began temporarily drawing its drinking water from the Flint River instead of the Lake Huron, but the city failed to get the required chemicals to add to the corrosive Flint water – the water was a deep yellow colour. Anyone who drank it was exposed to lead, but children are more susceptible to lead poisoning than adults. More than 8 thousand children have been exposed. Unfortunately it wasn’t until January 5 that the governor of Michigan called a state of emergency. The national guard assisted with distribution on January 12, and finally President Barack Obama declared a federal state of emergency on January 16. Five million dollars in federal aid have been freed up for the water crisis. The city has since switched back to the Detroit water from last October, but the dangers still remain.
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