Flint Water Crisis

Flint Water Crisis

Tyra Williams, Staff Writer

Beginning in 2014 Flint, Michigan hit a rough spot in sanitation that would later be known as the Flint Water Crisis. The crisis started in April of 2014 when the city switched its main water source from the treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. This department was sourced from Lake Huron and the Detroit River. The new water supply would be coming from the Flint River, which officials had failed to treat with corrosion control.

The untreated water leads to an outbreak of lead poisoning, creating a major public health danger. As of now, at least 12,000 children have been exposed to this poisoned drinking water. Not only is lead poisoning at risk so is Legionnaires’ disease; legionnaires disease as caused by an aquatic-borne amebae and causes severe cases of pneumonia.. The death toll from the disease is at 10 with 77 other people affected.

In 2015, Mayor Weaver of Flint declared the water crisis a citywide public health state of emergency, hoping that the declaration would prompt from officials.

The crisis has sparked many responses, many political and some even from celebrities. President Obama spoke on the crisis and was dumbfounded as to why families were not notified earlier and facilities shut down immediately.  Many celebrities began to call for Snyder’s resignation and even arrest for handling the situation so poorly.

Filmmaker Michael Moore puts all blame directly on Snyder.  Reverend Jesse Jackson calls for a major change in Flint all together. He says that the issue is not only the water supply, its also the poor housing and education. Jackson has decided to use the water crisis as a platform for reform in many aspects of Flint. Big name celebrities like Cher, Arthea Franklin, Meek Mill, Big Sean, and Jimmy Fallon are all donating and offering support systems- Franklin says she will fund hotel rooms for families. The city of Flint is also getting support from large companies including Wal-Mart, Coca- Cola Company and FedEx.  FedEx, along with the city of Memphis donated 12,000 water bottles to the city.

Needless to say, the city of Flint is not standing on its own and has support from all of us.