Skeptics Called Him a "Lead Magician." But He Was One of the First Scientists to See Flint's Toxic Water.
In Flint, Michigan, residents still don't trust the drinking water. After city managers switched its water source to the Flint River in 2014 in order to save money, residents began complaining about the smell and the taste almost immediately. Because water pipes were not treated with corrosive control agents, the river water began leaching lead from old lead pipes fitted in homes across the city. It's been over a year since the EPA declared an emergency in the city and recovery efforts began in earnest.
EPA Grants Flint Water System $100 Million
The Environmental Protection Agency has given the Flint, Mich. water system a $100 million grant to improve the system and make the drinking water safe.
Flint's water came to national attention after large quantities of lead and other metals were found in the city's water supply after switching water sources in order to save money. Now, the city has received the financial help that was approved in December, CNN reports.
#Flint: EPA Awards $100,000,000 for Water-Crisis Recovery as City to Begin Shutoffs for Nonpayment of Water Bills
More than 1,000 days after Flint, Mich.’s water crisis started, relief in the form of a $100 million grant is on the way to help the city fix its water system. That relief comes just as the city announces plans to begin shutting off water service for some who have been unable to pay their bills.
As previously reported on The Root, Congress approved the $100 million in aid for the city of Flint last year, but as Michigan Radio reports, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt did not formally approve the grant until this week
Dozens of Mich. water systems top Snyder’s lead limit
Nearly 380,000 Michigan residents get their water from systems that would fail to meet a tough new lead-safety standard proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, including those in Monroe, Bay City, Benton Harbor and Holland Township
Most are small systems with few customers — well water at condominiums, trailer parks and retirement communities, for instance — but others have much larger footprints.
Flint residents see slow progress to replace old water lines to homes
The state finally acknowledged the lead problem in October 2015, but pipes were already so corroded that simply switching the water supply to a new source didn’t clear up the problem. The overall lead level in Flint’s water still exceeds the federal limit, and authorities require residents to use state-provided faucet filters.