Nayyirah shariff, the director of flint rising, told the member station that its a kick in the teeth to flint residents. The state of the flint water crisis, by the numbers. Attisha is a flint pediatrician from hurley medical, who first brought public attention to the discovery of leadtainted water, which led to the poisoning of flint children. The citys move to switch the water supply to the flint river was. The state said that i was an unfortunate researcher, that i was causing nearhysteria. In 2014, the city switched from detroits water system to the flint river, setting the stage for a crisis that sickened residents and cost the mayor. How flints water crisis happened, and why it isnt over. Lead seepage into the drinking water in flint, mich. And, while were on the subject of water, pennsylvania has a problem with the creepycrawlies.
The flint city council voted to switch water sources to the more economical flint river, using an old system with deteriorating pipes and processes. And several of those who toasted the switch that day were indicted on criminal charges stemming from what would become the flint water crisis. Flint is a majority black city where 40 percent of people live in poverty. At least 100 children have tested positive for high levels of toxic lead in their blood. The state said that i was an unfortunate researcher, that i. Complaints about flint water eventually lead to a local physician and a water scientist taking matters into their own hands. Flints water crisis is a human rights violation al. Flint residents are behind on their poison water bills and. Pallets of bottled water are seen ready for distribution in a flint, mich.
Clark will discuss her book at bookbug in kalamazoo on wednesday night september 19th. In september, virginia tech university researchers led by engineering professor marc edwards, an expert on water safety, tested water samples from 271 flint homes and found high lead levels in the tap water in homes throughout the city. Water from the flint river flows through the hamilton dam. Its about the water crisis, the politics and racism that led to the crisis and her role in. This is what happened here in the water supply in flint, michigan. Tests later revealed elevated levels of lead in the water coming from the river. Flint, michigan mother feels helpless amid tainted water. Her new book is a memoir called what the eyes dont see. The flint water crisis is a public health crisis that started in 2014, after the drinking water source for the city of flint, michigan was changed. It took more than two years to make the water drinkable again. Book on flint water crisis to be featured at fall luncheon. In 2014, flint switched its water supply to the flint river, npr said, and studies. Mayor of flint, michigan, declares emergency after lead.
The flint water crisis impact, solutions, and repercussions. Approximate population of flint, a majority black city in michigan about 70 miles northeast of. But ended spending more when they made this decision. Whats changed and what hasnt when it comes to the flint water. After warning of elevated lead levels in her patients in flint, mich. Sciencebased medicine versus the flint water crisis. The crisis calls into question citizens rights to clean water and how our natural resources are allocated across racial and income lines. The michigan department of environmental quality even tampered with research data and dismissed the results of other tests to maintain this stance that flints drinking water was safe. In flint, michigan, officials try to save money by changing the citys water source, but instead endanger public health. Instead, she spearheaded efforts to publicize and address the water crisis in flint.
The flint, michigan water crisis in flint, michigan there was a water contamination problem. The root cause of the flint water crisis plymouth, mi patch. The problem with the water supply, officials said, is lead. Marc edwards, a member of the flint water interagency coordinating committee, discusses the discovery of lead contamination in flint, michigans water supply, as well as the scientific research. The water problem began when flint switched to a new water source in 2014 in order to save money, but failed to implement corrosion controls. It examines how flint and other cities were set up to fail. Rick snyder says he and his wife, sue, will drink filtered flint water for the next 30 days to show the people of flint that it is safe. Addressing flints water crisis requires science to get water clean, costly infrastructure upgrades to fix pipes, and health checks for those exposed to lead. She is also a member of the michigan economic development corporation, and governor rick snyders flint water interagency. After high lead levels were uncovered by a local pediatrician, the state of michigan makes changes amid lawsuits and blame.
Volunteers load a car with bottled water for delivery in flint, michigan. At this point, flints lead levels are better than some other michigan cities. Living the american nightmare is what the residents of flint have been experiencing in the last few years, the water crisis that hit the city having longterm repercussions on the health of inhabitants, in severe cases even leading to deaths. As water problems grew, officials belittled complaints. Flints water is now safe to drink but the crisis has. In april 2014, flint changed its water source from treated detroit water and sewerage department water sourced from lake huron and the detroit river to the flint river. Karen williams weaver is an american politician who was the mayor of flint, michigan from 2015 to 2019. As part of the book club, wdet s detroit today is traveling across southeast michigan discussing water infrastructure, environmental toxins and the health of waterways. Flint residents talk about whats changed and what hasnt. Mona hannaattisha as well as leaders from the greater flint health coalition, are developing the flint lead exposure registry for all flint residents exposed to the water system. When disaster hit, no one was prepared for the disappointing explanations and the course of action taken at the time, a poor decisionmaking.
Flint begins the long process of fixing its water problem. Whats changed and what hasnt when it comes to the flint. The flint water crisis and how lead got in the water time. What really happened to the water in flint, michigan. Feeling dismissed by the state government, some flint residents took their concerns national. From npr the nrdc analysis found that 167 pennsylvania systems serving 691,000 people violated. The art of problem solving requires that we analyze all contributing factors. About 363 addresses across flint tested too high for lead, the latest data show. A water crisis in newark, a lead problem echoing flint wwno. And in terms of when you can totally close the book and say, mission accomplished. Pediatrician who exposed flint water crisis shares her. On 6 april 2018, with little warning, the state of michigan closed water point of distribution pod centers that have provided residents in flint for the past three years with bottled water to drink, cook and bathe. Slow to acknowledge the problem, and glacial in response once it had, the state of michigan has finally begun to treat flints water crisis as the public health catastrophe that it is.
Residents of flint, michigan, have been facing a water crisis since 2014, caused by poor decisionmaking by state government regarding the source and treatment of flints drinking water. After three boilwater advisories due to high bacteria levels, the michigan department of environmental quality mdeq issued a governors statement advising for water treatment to reduce the bacteria. Over the last two years, benton harbor, romulus, hamtramck, parchment, houghton and the villages of lawrence and beverly hills each exceeded the epa action level for lead in drinking water, according to the michigan department of environmental quality michigan also now has the. But that flip of a switch isnt when the citys water crisis began. Michigan ends water subsidies to flint despite mayors. Rick snyder declared a state of emergency in flint and genesee county, where lead in the areas drinking water has been showing up at toxic levels in the bloodstreams of children. The town of flint is still reeling from the contamination of its water supply, which exposed thousands of residents to leadlaced water, put. Flint water frequently asked questions city of flint. For many people, the blame for the tap water contamination in flint, mich. A story of environmental injustice and bad decision making, the water crisis in flint, michigan, began in 2014, when the city switched its. Npr s ari shapiro talks with jeneyah mcdonald, a mother he met in flint, mich. A criminal investigation into this citys water crisis reached into the top ranks of supervision over flint on tuesday as. The flint, michigan, water quality crises accurately fits the description of a manmade disaster, defined by blacks law dictionary as.
Flint, michigan, is in a state of emergency, now months after high levels of lead turned up in its tap water. Flint, michigan, changed its water system in 2014, resulting in water so toxic that residents got sick. Flint begins the long process of fixing its water problem experts are scrambling to define the scope of the water contamination disaster in the city of nearly 100,000 and determine how to replace. The decisions regarding dissemination of natural water resources have a chain of cause and effect to the public health.
She tells her side of the flint story in a new book, what the eyes dont see. Weaver is a member of the democratic party, although local offices in flint are officially nonpartisan. Michigan governor rick snyder, facing protests and lawsuits into the states handling of contaminated drinking water in flint, apologized to the people of. Officials failed to apply corrosion inhibitors to the water. The water crisis started in april 2014, after flint changed its water source from treated detroit water and sewerage department water to the flint river. In 2014, the state switched flints water supply in an effort to save money.112 326 117 385 33 921 576 884 1345 1391 1208 586 365 1368 574 829 1416 631 1279 101 209 282 754 244 970 369 428 629 172 307 315 675 573 1623 845 1225 34 522 221 1141 759 386 34 234