Sunday, 10 January 2016

Michigan politicians switched residents to a lead-poisoned water supply

Photo of a resident's water filter that is choked with lead particles

"How Flint's Leaders Poisoned Their Own Constituents

In April 2014, to save money, the unelected emergency manager of Flint, Michigan (the same one who had shut off the water of residents too poor to pay their water bills), who had been appointed by Snyder, switched the city's water source from Detroit, which gets its supply from Lake Huron, to the Flint River, well known to be severely polluted. This occurred despite the fact that avoiding Flint water had long been considered an essential ritual of living in Flint.

Almost immediately, residents began complaining about the water; it was visibly cloudy, tasted terrible and reeked of a foul odor."

Read the story in Truthout

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