The Flint Water Crisis is a water contamination issue that was reported by city residents in 2014 after the city began using the Flint River as its drinking water source.
MLive » The number of water samples with elevated levels of lead in Flint elementary schools increased in February with more tests registering above the federal action limit than did one month earlier. New data from the state Department of Environmental Quality shows the spike in samples that tested above 15 parts per billion of lead
MLive » A report on how Flint’s water was contaminated and how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responded isn’t expected to be completed until summer, a spokesman for the EPA Office of Inspector General says. The OIG said in January 2016 that it would begin an investigation into the causes of the Flint water crisis and the agency’s role in allowing it to unfold.
MLive » The test results, posted online by the DEQ, showed seven of 80 samples taken from the school registered above the federal action limit with a high of 57 ppb at one water outlet in the West Carpenter Road school. Flint schools are providing bottled water to students at Northwestern and other buildings at least through the end of this school year as a result of the city’s water crisis.
MLive » A large-scale review of Flint water quality is expected to start this month, and a top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder says there should be enough data to make recommendations on future state assistance like free bottled water. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says there is no timeline for making recommendations about Flint once that review is complete or what the recommendations might entail.
Roll Call » From lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, to toxic levels of arsenic found in Texas, over the past decade tens of millions of Americans have likely been exposed to dangerously unsafe water. The need to invest in our water and wastewater systems is as urgent and vital as building the “gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways” President Trump spoke about.