BBC reports that the city’s water became contaminated after a change in supplier in 2014. Corrosive water leached lead from old pipes into the water supply. President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the city.
According to the Washington Post, in December 2015, a state task force found that city authorities had violated rules requiring that they treat water to avoid the pipe corrosion problems that helped make the water toxic. A team of researchers who exposed the lead contamination in the city, have also said they believe city authorities knew about the health threat of the water, but did nothing to protect the citizens from it. Residents therefore believe that the crisis is a result of human failure, and are angry about the situation.
It is said the city switched its water source from the city of Detroit to the Flint River in 2014. Soon after the switch, residents started suspecting the contamination due to the color and the smell of the water. Residents then started complaining about the water. It is said some residents reported headaches and rashes after using the water from the city’s new supplier. All these reports were lodged with city authorities, but the city authorities told residents that there was nothing wrong with the water.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials have announced that Flint and its surrounding areas have recorded cases of Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires disease is a bacterial infection that can be deadly for between 5 to 30 percent of those who contract it. So far, 10 residents are now known to have died from the disease. The bacteria causing Legionnaires is said to dwell in warm water like that found in fountains, hot tubs, the cooling towers of large buildings and, sometimes, plumbing systems.
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