Environmental Justice / Water Quality

Cautionary tale: editorial

TOLEDO — “The ongoing Flint, Mich., water crisis should serve as both an indictment and a warning: Lose a stable and reliable water supply and you lose a city, maybe a region.

It has been nearly three years since Flint, under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, switched from a Detroit water supply to water drawn from the Flint River in order to save money. After the change, Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality failed to properly treat the much more corrosive Flint River supply and lead began leaching from the pipes and fixtures into the city’s water supply. Between 6,000 and 12,000 Flint children were exposed to high lead levels.

…And the nightmare is not close to being over for city residents, who must still use bottled water or filtered tap water. Earlier this month, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and retired Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel, tasked with overseeing replacement of the city’s service lines, said the Flint water supply may not be in the clear until the end of 2019.

For those keeping score, that will make it more than five years of suffering and fear, billions of dollars in upgrades and legal costs, and, potentially, a lost generation of children who will never have the opportunity to realize their full potential.” 

— editorial, Toledo Blade

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