Mayor says Flint, MI will not be able to treat its own water for another two years
It has been over 1,000 days since the people of Flint, Mich., had clean water, and now the city’s mayor is telling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that because of the lengthy construction and testing process for a new water-treatment plant, it will be another two years before the city can treat its own water for lead and other contaminants.
Flint’s water problems began in 2014, when the city’s water source was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River, which, according to researchers from Virginia Tech, is 19 times more corrosive. The corrosive water caused lead from the pipes to leach into the city’s drinking-water supply.
According to the CNN, the city was also required by the EPA to get public input on its final water source and treatment plan. According to Weaver’s letter, the current proposed long-term water source is Lake Huron, but the city will also select a backup water source for use in emergencies.
Flint is currently using water from Detroit’s Great Lakes Water Authority, but that agreement expires this summer.
Although a six-month study by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality revealed in January that lead levels in Flint’s water supply had fallen below the federal limit, residents of the city have still been urged to use filtered water for cooking and drinking. A lot of residents are still relying heavily on bottled water.
Flint resident Delano Whidbee told CNN in October, “Nothing’s changed, except the attention has died off.”
We need to continue to show our support to residents of Flint, until their conditions improve. If everyone forgets about them they will live with toxic water for the rest of their days.