Flint, Michigan, lies about 70 miles from the shores of the largest group of freshwater bodies in the world: the Great Lakes. Yet its residents can’t get clean water from their taps.
Nearly two years ago, the state decided to save money by switching Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron (which they were paying the city of Detroit for), to the Flint River, a notorious tributary that runs through town known to locals for its filth.
Flint, MI toxic water supply
“When Michigan officials switched water sources for Flint, it introduced iron and lead into the water supply”
The switch was made during a financial state of emergency for the ever-struggling industrial town. It was supposed to be temporary while a new state-run supply line to Lake Huron was ready for connection. The project was estimated to take about two years.
A class-action lawsuit alleges lead poisoning and some have called for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to resign.