Flint, Michigan LEAD poisoning

Summary:

Flint, Michigan, lies about 70 miles from the shores of the largest group of fresh water bodies in the world: The Great Lakes. Yet their residents can't get clean water from their taps.

About two years ago, the state decided to save money and switch the water supply from Lake Huron to Flint River.


Flint River, a notorious tributary that runs through the town known to locals for its filth.


Soon after the switch residents claim the water looked, smelled, and tasted funny.


"The water would come in brown, and my daughter would ask mom why is the water brown?" said by Kelso.


Kelso thought it was sewage, but it was actually was iron.


About half of the service lines homes in Flint are made of lead and water wasn't treated properly.


Lead began leaching into water supply, in addition to the iron.


"You're are paying for poison, i'm paying for something that is toxic" said by Kelso.


Kelso and four other families are in an class-action lawsuit for lead poisoning.


A study in 2011 found that the only way for clean water would be by an anti-corrosive agent then it would be able to drink.


Although that would help the problem, it would still cost about $100 a day.


Flint residents say they have been in the dark for 18 months until a local doctor took things in her own hand.


Doctor Mona Hanna-Attisha was the one to discover how bad the water was harming people.


" I never thought this would be something we cried and begged for, clean water." by Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.


The town is already in poor conditions, by not having a grocery store.


When the Governor wanted to cut out some financial budgets most residents didn't think that, that meant their water.


Lead poisoning is irreversible and Dr. Mona thinks children with elevated levels will suffer longtime consequences.


This could be a problem with children's nutrition and early education.


"We need some money for infrastructure" said Weaver, to help families for the services.