This is how toxic Flint’s water really is

Jan 19, 2016

Graphic by Christopher Ingraham

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The city of Flint, Mich., is in the midst of a water crisis several years in the making. The city opted out of Detroit’s water supply and began drawing water from the Flint River in April 2014, part of a cost-saving move. Eighteen months later, in the fall of 2015, researchers discovered that the proportion of children with above-average lead levels in their blood had doubled.

The city reconnected to Detroit’s water system in October, but the damage was done. Water from the Flint River was found to be highly corrosive to the lead pipes still used in some parts of the city. Even though Flint River water no longer flows through the city’s pipes, it’s unclear how long those pipes will continue to leach unsafe levels of lead into the tap water supply. Experts currently say the water is safe for bathing, but not drinking.

A group of Virginia Tech researchers who sampled the water in 271 Flint homes last summer found some contained lead levels high enough to meet the EPA’s definition of “toxic waste.”


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5 comments on “This is how toxic Flint’s water really is

  • @OP – The city of Flint, Mich., is in the midst of a water crisis several years in the making. The city opted out of Detroit’s water supply and began drawing water from the Flint River in April 2014, part of a cost-saving move. Eighteen months later, in the fall of 2015, researchers discovered that the proportion of children with above-average lead levels in their blood had doubled.

    The city reconnected to Detroit’s water system in October, but the damage was done. Water from the Flint River was found to be highly corrosive to the lead pipes still used in some parts of the city. Even though Flint River water no longer flows through the city’s pipes, it’s unclear how long those pipes will continue to leach unsafe levels of lead into the tap water supply.

    Ah! The “benefits” of commercial penny-pinching by science illiterates, who don’t bother with all that expensive sciency testing palava!



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  • Lead in water. Its what the article is discussing, drinking water contaminated by lead leached from lead pipes still in place in parts of the city. The ph of the alternate water supply affects the rate of leaching.

    No one has artificially inflated anything. Reference levels are expressed in a few parts per billion. It makes sense to use consistent units.



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  • I am surprised to see that no one has been held accountable for this! The damage to the pipes in most of all the homes there has already been done, and even now that the water supply has been switched, it doesn’t fix the amount of corrosion and those pipes continue to leach lead.
    I honestly think that the city of Flint should be abandoned and the Governors office should be forced to put up all the residence somewhere that isn’t some horrible FEMA camp.
    The Governor is to blame for this and he needs to be impeached/removed from office immediately. I don’t even understand how the state of Michigan is considered a state because the laws that Governor has passed are completely unconstitutional. He has the right to kick out whatever city official he wants and replace them with one of his own henchman, and this is how the whole mess in Flint got started in the first place! Instead of professionals handling the water issue in Flint, the governors uneducated kronies wanted to save a buck and temporarily switched to the Flint River without any precautions of filtering the river water.



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  • Andrew M Guile
    Jan 22, 2016 at 8:54 am>

    Instead of professionals handling the water issue in Flint, the governors uneducated kronies wanted to save a buck and temporarily switched to the Flint River without any precautions of filtering the river water.

    It’s not as if the information on how to buffer drinking water supplies with lime, was hard to find!

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=1tB5DoewBkIC&pg=PA15&lpg=PA15&dq=buffering+with+lime+treatment+of+drinking+water&source=bl&ots=mAxQtAg_8p&sig=82c8rtHmho9xIO0DsQ3ZNGMuqwQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiTivfCyr3KAhWBNxQKHdJvBqEQ6AEIMjAE#v=onepage&q=buffering%20with%20lime%20treatment%20of%20drinking%20water&f=false



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