On April 24th, 2014, Flint, Michigan government officials celebrated a new water source for the city, the Flint River. That date, more than 5 years ago marks the day the flint water crisis began. How a whole city lost all of its drinkable water.
Many people do not realize that Flint used to be the home to some of the wealthiest upper middle class citizens. General Motors was founded in Flint and provided a lot of prosperity to unskilled and skilled workers. But overtime, GM could not keep up with new car companies and more advanced, cost effective cars being put into the market. As a result 90% of GMs work force was let go.
From 1960 to 2017 more than 100,000 people migrated out of Flint. The local government took a heavy hit from the quick migration and as a cost saving measure, decided to divert their water to Detriot and use the Flint River instead. What was neglected was the fact that the Flint River has been used as waste disposal and sewage disposal. City officials neglected this fact even after citizens complained saying the water is fine to drink.
Virginia Tech completed a study of water sampling in flint and learned that over 45% of their samples had a serious threat of lead in them. Finally 12 children died as a result of drinking Flint’s water which was the last straw for many Flint Residents.
With the help of many nonprofit organizations, the citizens of flint took the state government to court and won the funding needed to replace their pipping. Municipal pipes are clean but pipes in peoples homes never will be. The Flint Water Crisis is one of the worst man made tragedies and some of the effects are still yet to be discovered.