Billion-and-a-Half-Dollar Possible Price Tag to Fix Flint’s Water Problems

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(Photo Credit: Chad Livengood / The Detroit News)

Article courtesy of Chad Livengood | Jan 8, 2016 | The Detroit News | Shared as educational material

After 19 months of water problems in Flint, Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder acknowledged the crisis. Estimates to fix the problem ranged from millions to $1.5 billion. Top state health officials advised that the water was unsafe to drink without filtration. Children should get tested for lead. People were also advised to install water filters onto their faucets to prevent harmful contaminants. The state officials are using mapping software and blood tests to try to figure out where the highest lead concentrations are. The governor apologized for switching the water source to corrosive water from the Flint River. Governor Snyder issued an emergency declaration. The corrosive water may have damaged 500 miles of underground, 75-year-old iron pipe in Flint. To try to cover the possible $1.5 billion price tag, Flint officials seek forgiveable loans from the state and federal governments.
Read more here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/07/flint-water/78404218/

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