Flint water crisis – history
The Flint water crisis developed after the City of Flint, Michigan attempted to save millions of dollars by changing its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The Flint water crisis resulted from the Flint River having higher chloride concentration and was more corrosive than the water from Lake Huron. As a result, lead poisoning in water was leaching through the aging pipes. More than 100,000 residents had drinking water with flint lead levels that were considered high. Additionally, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha from the Hurley Medical Centre found that there was nearly double the amount of lead found in blood samples from infants and children of Flint since the City switched to the Flint Michigan water.
Flint water crisis and Legionella Disease
The flint water crisis took a turn for the worse on January 13, 2016, when Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder stated that 87 cases of Legionella (a waterborne disease) were reported near, Flint Michigan, between June 2014 and November 2015 resulting in 12 deaths. The flint water crisis was officially declared an emergency only one week prior.
Flint water crisis and manslaughter charges against government employees
The flint water crisis was known to many government agencies and personnel before any warning or announcement was made publically. Governmental officials allegedly knew of the higher concentrations of flint water lead levels, as well as the many cases of Legionnaires disease, well before it was made public in 2016. As a result, Attorney General Bill Schuette charged six government employees with involuntary manslaughter for their role in the Flint water crisis. The charges stem from the 12 deaths and 87 cases of Legionella disease that are believed to be linked to the flint lead water. Governor Rick Snyder has yet to be brought up on any charges.
Flint water crisis and Lying Bureaucrats
To make matters worse the flint water crisis, exposed government officials falsifying papers with state regulators proclaiming to show that tests at the Flint water treatment plant had detected no lead. When in fact the city disregarded federal rules requiring it to seek out homes with lead plumbing for testing, potentially leading the city and the state to underestimate for months the extent of the flint water crisis.
The flint water crisis has refocused my belief that the government cannot always be trusted to do its job. It doesn’t matter if they’re Democrat or Republican you need to look out for yourself because no one else will. That said, I’ll always recommend you build an emergency kit with enough water purification tablets for you and your entire family. Include basics such as emergency food and a first aid kit.
Don’t place your faith in a system that’s broken, protect yourself.