The residents of Flint, Michigan, are facing an unprecedented water crisis as their sinks, bathtubs and water hoses have been gushing lead-contaminated water for more than a year. In April 2014, the city began tapping the polluted Flint River for water to cut costs instead of using Detroit’s supply from Lake Huron. Almost two years later, the Flint mayor says they are facing a $1.5 billion tab to fix it.
People across the country are outraged as Gov. Snyder has ignored calls from city residents — who are disproportionately poor and black — about the discolored water for months, according to The New York Times. After the governor repeatedly assured people the water was safe, researchers confirmed in September that it contained dangerous levels of lead due to pipe corrosion.
Among the most concerned are Flint parents, with thousands of children who could potentially experience brain damage from the lead poisoning.
Our Response is to help fund the community to receive bottled and safe water. Every penny counts!