Focus on Flint

posted Dec 19, 2017, 7:31 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Tatyana Waters

    For the past 3 years, residents of Flint, Michigan, have not seen clean water. Many people are aware of the Flint water crisis, as they are presenting a movie to tell their story.

    No one can understand why it has taken government officials this long to fix the situation. Social media has attracted a large crowd with the information they put out. “Where did they find the money to make a movie? The money should go towards getting clean water for them” someone stated on Facebook.

    In 2011, the state of Michigan took over Flint’s finances after an audit projected a $25 million deficit. In 2014, the city turned the Flint River over as a water source. The residents began to say the water looked, tasted, and smelled funny. They knew this was the beginning of a tragic end.

    They began to have tests run in 2015 and the Environmental Protection Agency indicated dangerous levels of lead in the water of resident’s homes. Lead consumption can affect the heart, kidneys, and nerves. In children, health effects can be behavioral disorders, hearing problems, and delayed puberty.

    Between June 2014 and November 2015, the outbreak has killed at least 12 people during the Flint water crisis. This outbreak has caused multiple deaths and injuries during the water crisis. People are unable to drink or bathe in the water.

    Half of the service lines to homes in Flint were made of lead because the water wasn’t properly treated. The range of remedies sought included monetary compensation for lead poisoning and refunds for water bills.

    The people of Flint hope to have clean water again so they can live a normal life. They strive each and everyday to make the best of their lives. Flint, MI will soon be back to normal, or so the people hope.


Edited By: MR