Flint is a city located 70 miles north of Detroit and inhabits a little over 98,000 people, 41.2% of them living below the poverty line and a median household income of $24,862.00. 56.6% of the people who live in this city are African-American.
While Flint was once a thriving automotive, industrial city, when GM began to downsize in the 1980’s, the city took an economic turn. The state of Michigan took charge of Flint’s finances in 2011 after an audit projected a 25 million dollar deficit. Flint’s water supply fund was in a 9 million dollar shortfall and city officials were still using some of the water supply money to cover areas in the general fund. In 2014, in order to reduce the water fund shortfall, the city switched water sources. There was a new pipeline connecting Flint and Lake Huron in the works and while awaiting completion, the city turned to the Flint River during this two-year transition. Even though the Flint River had been the city’s main water source for decades, they switched in the 1960’s as historically, the water in the Flint River has been of poor quality and in the 1970’s it was reported to containt fecal coliform bacteria, plant nutrients, oils, and toxic substances to name a few.
In January of this year, a $722 million class action lawsuit was filed agains the EPA on behalf of over 1,700 residents affeted by the water crisis. In February of this year, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission issues the following 129-page report: “The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism Through The Lens Of Flint.” In March, the EPA announces it will award 100 million dollars to Flint for drinking water infrastructure upgrades and repairs. While a federal judge approved a 97 million dollars and Michigan agrees to replace the water lines in the City of Flint, with the state covering costs of replacing water lines.
Nevertheless, this mandate is not required to be fully complete until 2020, and will only guarantee 18,000 Flint households. In laymen’s terms: Flint still doesn’t have water and this needs to be a priority now, versus swept under a rug.
Focus on that Trump.
Flint Will Not Have Clean Water For At Least Another 3 Years was originally published on hellobeautiful.com