Flint’s water is clearly undrinkable and the city is paying the water consultant team $900 an hour for help, according to MLive on February 28, 2015. That’s $40,000 the city is spending on a four-person consulting team.
The City of Flint, who pulls their water from the Flint River, maintains that the water meets regulatory standards and is safe to drink so there is no need to buy or boil water. City residents are claiming otherwise.
In a recent interview posted on the Detroit Free Press, General Motors officials confessed that the Flint Engine Operation division of GM pulled off the city water system and instead connecting with a nearby water system through Flint Township. If the water isn’t good enough for a manufacturing plant, then it’s not likely to be safe for drinking by the city residents.
So what exactly is in the water? In the video posted on the Detroit Free Press, residents are holding up jugs and bottles of water from their taps; all showing what appears to be dirt or rust particles and abnormal colors.
Long- time Flint resident and clean water advocate, Melissa Mays, has set up two very informative videos on YouTube which address the concerns of the Flint water crisis along with information on how you can help the battle for the city residents to obtain clean, safe and affordable water. It is noted that Flint has one of the highest water rates in the nation.
This two hour-long video gives you the timeline of events, photographs of events, notices received, and Bob Bowcock addressing the town on how they can fight the water problem, the risks of unsafe water and how keep themselves safe with this water crisis.
Bob Bowcock may not be a household name, but we’re sure readers will take notice to the name Erin Brockovich. The pair advocate together for residential safety such as clean water. In a conversation with Mays on February 24th, it was confirmed that Brockovich will be lending her services in the fight for clean water. Bowcock’s findings can be seen on the Water You Waiting For website.
In that same video, Mays discusses how notices were sent to residents. One was due to an e.coli advisory and residents were told to boil their water in the summer of 2014. In January 2015 most residents received Environmental Protection Act (EPA) notices stating that Flint was in violations since May 2014 for TTHM (Total Trihalomethane.)
TTHM is a byproduct of the water disinfectants and can cause liver, kidney, increase risk of cancer and problems with the central nervous system. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling claims to drink the water but he has asked for help from Governor Rick Snyder. “There is nothing more important in Flint right now than fixing the water problems,” he writes. “The system is in desperate need of infrastructure improvements and experienced water treatment staff.”
For more information about TTHM, check out the MLive article “12 critical facts about TTHM, the stubborn Flint water contaminant.”
Once the consultation reports are in, Mayor Walling and Governor Snyder can address the situation and begin making improvements.
Thursday, March 5, 2015, Mayor Walling and emergency manager Jerry Ambrose are scheduled to meet for the first time. The meeting is scheduled for 2-4 P.M. EST at the Mass Transportation Authority auditorium, 1401 S. Dort Highway.
This meeting is open to the public.
For more information check out the Water You Fighting For website and Twitter.