In early 2014, city officials of Flint, Michigan switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River in effort to save money. Soon afterwards residents voiced concerns about the quality of the water of which photos have gone viral and in which bacteria and possible carcinogens have been found.
Just heard one of the toughest stories I've heard in my life. Nakeyja, a resident of Flint, showed me how the government issued filter does not work. She tested it in front me and it was at 184 ppb. It's suppose to be less than 15. Her one year old daughter is having seizures and tested very high for lead poisoning. And her 3 year old son is not speaking and is staring at one location for long periods of time. She is testing him this week, but he is not doing well. We have poisoned our own people. Our children. American children. And there is no cure for lead poisoning. Russell and I were brought to tears. And we are hearing this at every house we visit. Beyond belief. #FlintWaterCrisis
A State of Emergency was declared and many prominent figures helped bring national attention to the crisis, but researchers say the water is still unsafe and bottled water may not be as accessible after the initial donations.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint focuses on the kids effected and funds given until the end of the year are being matched by the C.S. Mott Foundation. You can also help the United Way of Genesee County and find resources and information at Help For Flint.