The water in Flint, Michigan is so contaminated that the governor has declared a state of emergency and the federal government is stepping in to investigate. A few weeks ago the mayor of Flint, Michigan declared a state of emergency, stating that the city was experiencing a “man-made disaster” after it was revealed that the local water supply has extremely high levels of lead. Yesterday, the governor followed in the mayor’s steps, making the same declaration. The news comes on the same day that the federal government confirmed that they have opened their own investigation into the problem.
Flint mayor welcomed the governor’s declaration, which means that the state’s resources will be open to the city as it investigates and mitigates the problem. Gina Balaya, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office, stated that the federal investigation is “an effort to address the concerns of Flint residents.”
Flint switched from Detroit’s water to it’s own supply fed by the Flint River in 2014 in an attempt to save money. But after the switch, citizens complained about the water, saying that it tasted and smelled funny. Investigations revealed a high level of lead and testing showed that double the number of children had high levels of lead in their bloodstream from just a few years ago.
While the emergency continues, Flint has returned to the Detroit water supply. In the meantime, Flint has been allotted $50 million dollars, which will primarily go to replacing 15,000 lead service lines.