Have you heard of the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis? Ordinary drinking water from water fountains and kitchen faucets are officially contaminated with Lead poisoning and legionnaires’ disease outbreak.
How did such an environmental element such as water become contaminated you might ask? Well it all began back in April of 2014, when Flint, Michigan changed it water source treated by Detroit Water and Sewage Department water to Flint River. There has not been an accurate calculation of the exact number of families and children impacted, however there is an estimate of possibly 6-12k children reported to have experienced non-fatal injuries.
The government has intervened in this matter, NBC news reports: that the federal government will expand educational programs in Flint, Michigan and assist with getting past the effects of having lead in their drinking water. “ The Health and Human Services Department said it would use $3.6 million in emergency funding to provide transportation to families to help them get bottled drinking water; expand the Head Start programs for 78 preschoolers; open new classrooms for 51 kids in the worst-affected areas; lengthen the school year by three weeks and take other action”.
The environmental damage in Water resources in Flint, Michigan affect early childhood development, and could potentially lead to brain damage from the consumption of lead-tainted water. Flint, Michigan water crisis encourages and justifies the intervention of government. Environmental protection laws as demonstrated in Figure 11.1. The first Water Pollution Control Act became effective in 1972, establishes goals and timelines for clean waterways. It is necessary that government continue to intervene with the Flint water crises, in order to ensure that allowable standards and levels of pollutant are established by federal and state agencies who are advocates and lobbyist for the long-term protection of environmental quality.
Water Pollution Control Act, also known as The Clean Water Act is a law aimed to restore or maintain the integrity of all surface water in the United States. However, Flint Water crises specifically impacts the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, amended in 1996. Chapter 11, states: “ this law sets minimum standards for various contaminants in both water systems and aquifers that supply drinking water wells”. This leads me to thinking about exactly how Flint, Michigan water crises became contaminated. If there are regulated legislation and standards set forth for appropriate cleanliness levels, how was inspection missed before Flint River released contaminated non-potable water to thousands of families?
In recent news there has been a report of 8 lawsuits filed against government officials, and federal investigation opened to determine the exact cause of this event, and this can be avoided, and who should be held accountable for the liability of so many lives that have been ruined because of this water contamination that is still open and ongoing. To date, there has been a report of four government officials getting fired or placed on suspension pending investigation.