Undrinkable: The Flint Water Emergency

Undrinkable: The Flint Water Emergency

27 minutes 2015 7.30/10 based on 10 votes

The people who live in the city of Flint, Michigan have been through a lot in the last few the years; including extreme poverty and being labeled the most dangerous city in America. This latest crisis, however, is the worst to have ever hit the city that was once thought to be synonymous with the American dream.

There was a time when Flint was the place to live and people flocked from all over the United States to live and work there. Sadly, within a few decades there was a decline in opportunities and the once strong workforce dwindled down to just about 10% of what it used to be.

Since the early 2000s the city has been under the burden of a debt of close to $30 million. The city was assigned an emergency manager to help them get out of debt. Having an emergency manager eliminates democracy and elected officials lose their power.

In 2013, Flint signed an agreement to join the KWA, Karegnondi Water Authority, which is a group that helps give cities more power over the costs and the water. At the time in which this agreement was signed, Flint had been paying huge sums of money to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The DWSD is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. It was determined that the switch was a much-needed change and it was agreed that KWA would build a pipeline from Lake Huron directly to Flint.

A few months later, a new emergency manager took over and made some decisions that started a chain reaction. The fifty-year contract with DWSD was terminated even though the new pipeline would take at least three years to be built. Hence, Flint was in need of a temporary water source that would supply the city’s needs during the construction.

In 2014 it was decided to use The Flint River in the mean time. Within hours, residents noticed the changes in their water that ranged from the smell to the taste.

A few months down the line the health department advised that water needed to be boiled for consumption due to harmless bacteria found in the pipes. Later that same year General Motors, the biggest consumer, decided to stop using Flint’s water to make cars and instead brought in an external source. This decision enraged residents because if the water wasn’t good enough to make cars, how could it be good enough for human consumption?

A notice informing of dangerous levels of TTHM was the last straw that sent the residents to the streets to demand their rights to clean water. What happened next? Watch this film now.

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3 responses to “Undrinkable: The Flint Water Emergency”

  1. slx5c says:

    When your Government is a War Monger such as The White House has become; then the money does not pour into keeping the Nation Healthy with a strong Infrastructure. This is only the beginning of the Decline of The United States as our money goes into Foreign Wars where The White House makes a large amount of its Profit for its own gain, and the Power that is gained from such War Mongering; however, such monies never reach the Infrastructure of the Nation.
    The United States of America has been Hijacked by its own White House, and the continuing disintegration of the Infrastructure is going to become common NEWS reports all over the Country; in other words, the city of Flint’s problems are going to be a problem to many other Cities sooner or later. Infrastructure Jobs are also Career Jobs which are good paying jobs that keeps an Empire Healthy, but when your White House is a War Monger; then the jobs are never created in their necessary abundance! And that is where we are at in the year 2016 A.D.
    Our Politically Correct White House has become THE ENEMY OF THE STATE!
    EYE 5

    • Doug Poretz says:

      it seems to me that the enemy of the state of Michigan is the government of the state of Michigan itself — government officials need to face criminal charges. The idea that the Governor, who basically caused, or at least contributed to the problem by the lack of oversight an by an over-abundance of arrogance to the people of Flint should not be allowed to stay in office even one more day. His logic that he should stay because he wants to fix it — as if that is the reward for creating the problem — makes no sense at all and is even further evidence of his and the state’s arrogance. The willingness of the people of Flint and the state of Michigan to not demand his ouster is also to blame. How can you allow these government officials to stay in office? At this point the citizens have to start assuming some of the blame themselves.

    • John says:

      Yes $583B on war is high BUT $231B on debt interest … maybe war management not as bad as Government Spending management … Government’s main role is Defence of realm.

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