Flint Water Crisis Could Happen Anywhere

Flint Water Crisis Could Happen Anywhere, Anytime

Flint water is deemed undrinkable. Are you prepared? Do you think it couldn’t happen in your community? Well the people of Flint, Michigan didn’t think it would happen to them either. But it did.

While the residents are show images of brown, dirty looking water, that doesn’t show the lead. Lead will not be physically visible in your water, you won’t know its there, till it is too late.

What Can You Do If The Flint Water Crisis Worries You?

If you have a Multipure Aquaversa water filter installed, the chances of the lead effecting you and your family is very slim.

There have been reports that the filters that are supplied for free to residents of Flint are not reducing the lead content to a safe level. The supplied filters are NSF certified to handle lead up to 150 parts per billion. Water is testing at over that.

How did the lead get into the water supply in Flint? Well, simply put, in order to save money, the city council of Flint voted to cut ties with the Detroit and stop getting their water supplied by them. To replace it, they were to join a newly formed Karegnondi Water Authority who were building a pipe line to get water from Lake Huron. This pipeline was not built yet. It was slated to be finished in 2017. Detroit found out about their plans and stopped selling water to Flint.

Now the city was left with no public water supply. This is what lead to the rash decision to use the Flint River. At a tremendous cost to the city, the water treatment plant was upgraded to handle treating the river water for distribution to residents and businesses, ultimately saving millions of dollars.

Once the switch to using the Flint River for supplying water to the city, the complaints began. Water was found contaminated with many different things including fecal matter. GM stopped using the water from the river. It was causing corrosion to the engine parts.

The city water authority sent notices that the water was contaminated with trihalomethanes (TTHM) in January, 2015. TTHM is a deadly combo of chemical leftovers created by over processing water. Shortly after this, the Detroit water offered to reconnect Flint and even waived the reconnect fee. Flint turns them down.

It all boils down to Flint was totally unprepared to treat polluted river water. In February, 2015 it was announced that the water may be discolored, but it was safe to drink. The TTHM levels were down and all is good with the safety of the water.

how lead gets in flint water supply

Diagram of how lead leaches into the Flint water supply

All this time, the corrosive contaminants in the river were allowing lead from the plumbing to be leached into the water supply. Very high levels of lead. In September, 2015, lead was found in more than 10% of homes and babies and children were testing for high levels in their blood. By October 1st, the water in Flint was deemed undrinkable and residents should stop drinking it.

Finally, the city reconnected with Detroit, but it was too little, too late. At this point, the only logical answer to fixing the problem is to totally re plumb the entire system in. The current plumbing is too damaged to be used for safe drinking water.

 

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