DAY 17: FLINT MICHIGAN WATER CRISIS
— LEARN —
The Flint Michigan Water Crisis began in 2014 and lasted until 2019 after the city’s drinking water was contaminated with lead and Legionella bacteria. Officials for the City of Flint, decided to switch the city’s water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) to the Flint River as a cost-savings measure. That change was made in April 2014, and residents immediately registered their concerns about water quality.
The contaminated water exposed over 100,000 residents. Between 6,000 and 12,000 children were exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead.
— PRAY —
— ACT —
- Take a moment to pray in silence thinking of all people who are impacted by water contamination.
- Research if your local Soil and Water Conservation District (each county in the United States should have one) or other local agencies train citizens to test and monitor water quality. Consider signing up to be trained as a citizen scientist to test the water in your area.
- Read updates on Flint’s water here.