Water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Maria Gonzalez

After Flint changed its water source from treated Lake Huron water (via Detroit) to the Flint River, its drinking water had a sequence of problems that concluded with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger.

after the switch, the water started to look, smell and taste funny. People star to said it often looked dirty. This is because about half of the service lines to homes in Flint are made of lead and because the water wasn't correctly treated, lead began leaching into the water supply, in addition to the iron.

Between 6,000 and 12,000 residents had severely high levels of lead in the blood and has killed 10 people and affected another 77.


LeeAnne Walters, a 37-year-old mother of four with a self-described “Jersey girl” persistence, started losing her eyelashes sometime in the summer of 2014. She also noticed that one of her 3-year-old twins, Gavin, who already had a compromised immune system, was constantly ill and had stopped growing, in addition to the rashes the rest of her kids were developing.

Lead In The Water In Flint, Michigan