Flint, Michigan Water Crisis
Organized by: Cassandra Bates
The residents of Flint, Michigan have been subject to a horrific water crisis. They are struggling not only for access to clean water in the short term, but for justice and sustainable solutions going forward. The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, that started in April 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water (which was sourced from Lake Huron as well as the Detroit River) to the Flint River (which Flint officials failed to apply corrosion control treatment to), its drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of lead. In Flint, between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead and they may experience a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the county that has killed 10 people and affected another 77. Although I currently live in North Carolina, I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and therefore I feel compelled to help in the efforts to resolve this situation. This could happen in any of our cities. Please consider helping me to aid the residents of Flint to attain clean drinking water.