What's In Your Water?
The Controversial Case of Flint
What is taking place?
The river...It sounds good on paper but the Flint River has been exposed to much pollution over the years. The water runs through the city's obsolete pipes. This released a large amount of lead and copper to the same water that people are drinking and bathing in. This was the beginning of something, very, very ugly.
After word got out that the water was lousy, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tested it. The results minimized the amount of lead in the samples. Further tests revealed that the levels were way past the EPA's levels of safe consuming. Each time that did show up, it was manually treated to attempt to make it safe to consume. This, obviously, did not work for too long. When this reached national attention, it became a real problem.
This issue and the attention it is getting is not nearly at its peak. As the day goes by, it gains a lot more because there are still a lot of people who are still living there...drinking and bathing their kids in this water. Predicted problems are clearly death. But outside sources are getting to the bottom of this problem that plagues Flint. Lead shall be no more.
Terraca Rogers, 31
Paul Herring, unknown
"That kind of concerned me, because I know you're cooking with it." Mr. Herring said. After some time had passed and the restaurant was put under a cleaning system, it started serving again. He also added that he, himself, replaced his pipes with lead-free ones. He filters his water, regularly.