The companies Veolia and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam are blamed for the tainted water in Flint
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a civil lawsuit against two private water engineering companies that were involved in Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.
The firms Veolia and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, or LAN, were accused of worsening Flint’s water crisis through professional negligence and fraud.
In simple words, two corporations were hired by the City of Flint to fix the problems at the water treatment plant. However, they failed to detect the lack of corrosion which resulted in lead leaching into the water that further went to thousands of homes.
Multi-million dollar contracts were awarded to the companies which were expected to help Flint and its desperately poor citizens who were deprived of water. Instead, they acted irresponsibly, which exacerbated the current drinking water problems in the city.
Now let’s look at this from another angle. The city decided to switch to a cheaper and more polluted water source, then hired the private companies to advise it about using the Flint River as its drinking water source. The government was as responsible for what happened as the private companies. They both overlooked a number of serious problems which led to the disastrous consequences.
Even though the government will never admit it was wrong, it’s the first one to be blamed for saving money instead of providing people with good quality water.
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