By Evan Hofland

 

In 2014 Flint, Michigan changed their water supply to the Flint River without adding the necessary chemical to control corrosion.

From the time the city acknowledged the problem; the spike in lead has made the water bitter and undrinkable

It is impossible to judge when the water will be safe enough to drink unless filtered so, the city is handing out water filters.

Along with the increase cases of child lead poisoning, the pipes have aged 10 years in 18 months.

Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech civil Engineer professor said, “Damage to the pipe integrity can never be reversed.”

Officials estimate that it will cost $1.6 billion dollars to repair all 1,600 miles of pipe along with the city’s financial struggle of 40% of the population in poverty.

 

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