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Flint Michigan Water Crisis Update #2

Posted by Angus Fosten on April 6, 2016

We’ve been following the Flint Michigan Water Crisis with keen interest over the past several months and there’s plenty of new developments happening all the time. Have you stayed in the loop? If not, don’t worry, we’re here to give you all the latest updates and explain how these kinds of water issues begin.

In our last update, we covered several new developments, including new emails that had come to light, and the revelation that authorities knew of the polluted water supply for around a year before events got out of hand.

Since then, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made a statement to say that he refused to resign, despite also stating: ‘I kick myself every day,’ over the incident which is a ‘failure of government.’

There have been plenty of calls for Snyder’s resignation, including one Democratic congressman demanding: ‘You sit there dripping with guilt. People who put dollars over the fundamental safety of the public do not deserve public office and you need to resign, Governor.’

Snyder turned the criticism onto his own officials and the US Environmental Protection Agency, replying: ‘This is a sad event, a tragedy that should never have happened. Not a day or night goes by that this tragedy doesn’t weigh on my mind. I kick myself every day. This has been the most humbling experience of my life. The people of Flint should be angry. The experts said over and over again; career bureaucrats, quote-unquote experts. I get so mad, I should’ve never believed them. My commitment is to fix the problem.’

Since this declaration, Snyder has outlined how he plans to fix the issues in coming years. This includes improvements to public health, management of old infrastructure, offering support to educational services and a hopeful boost of employment.

The plans should see water fixtures replaced as well as the replacement of lead service lines, an increase in resources for the health and educational sectors and the development of new home mortgage options.

It’s now estimated that the county has spent in abundance of $1.1 million in order to try and remedy the situation which many argue was man made. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced recently that her ‘Fast Start’ programme was commencing and replacing lines at two houses every day.

So how did this all start? Former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling moved the city’s water supply from Detroit to its own system which utilised water from the Flint River, and ultimately that decision has led to a complete crisis.

How Do Water Instruments Help to Identify Problems?

Water instruments are essential for every water company to monitor and treat water and ensure that it meets the correct standards for use. In the early stages, water can be tested with instruments like Partech’s uMac SMART meter. Drinking water plants use instruments such as the ColTec or TurbiTech LR that give indications early on. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Flint Water Crisis; why not start a conversation with us on Facebook or Twitter?

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