As the details of the water crisis in Flint, MI, continue to surface, a grim picture is painted of a negligent and irresponsible government finally facing the music of its poor management and planning. The problem is not easily remedied, and citizens are helpless as the water in the region is still by and large undrinkable and unsafe for consumption.
One of the primary causes for concern is the perceived high concentration of lead in Flint’s drinking water once the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River. Lead poisoning is extremely serious, and even in small amounts lead can cause long-term health problems.
In the midst of investigations launched in response to the water crisis, experts have revealed that the city of Flint’s water system contains over 8,000 potentially harmful lead pipes in its infrastructure. The lead pipes, which are likely to corrode and cause significant lead content to accumulate in the drinking water, are located throughout the water system and will cost a hefty amount to replace.
Dr. Marty Kaufman, a researcher called to Flint to assess the situation, announced during a press conference on Tuesday that his research team identified 4,376 locations throughout Flint that contain known lead pipe line connections. The team analyzed data, including data for areas of the city containing incomplete records, and calculated that an additional 4,000 service lines in the city at minimum contain lead.
Kaufman revealed that his research team’s analysis supports a finding of “at least 8,000 homes and businesses in the city of Flint being fed with lead pipes.” He believes that his team’s research is an important step in identifying and removing all lead pipes in the city, which would greatly assist in the efforts to restore Flint’s water quality.
Mayor Karen Weaver went on to say during the press conference that the water issue in Flint is a “public health emergency,” and called for every lead service line in the city to be replaced in order to restore confidence in the public regarding Flint’s water quality. Visitors to Flint have been reluctant to even dine in the city’s restaurants, and business has greatly suffered since the water crisis first hit the news.
As the findings demonstrate, a multi-pronged effort must be coordinated to fix Flint’s water system and provide a healthy and constant supply of fresh water to its residents. The water quality in the Flint River and the treatment methods the city implements are not solely to blame – the health risks exist at the infrastructural level as well. Citizens need a full-scale overhaul to ensure their safety and health.
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