View Full Version : 5 things to know about Flint's water crisis

01-19-2016, 11:39 AM
By Eliott C. McLaughlin (http://www.cnn.com/profiles/eliott-c-mclaughlin-profile), CNN
Updated 7:20 AM ET, Tue January 19, 2016

(CNN) An once-quiet crisis in Flint is now drawing voluminous concern from around the nation as celebrities, politicians and presidential candidates steer attention to the toxic tap water in one of Michigan's biggest and most beleaguered cities.

It's hard to put anything about the issue in a nutshell, but a solid summary is as follows:

What a stupid mess, fix it. (http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/18/us/flint-michigan-water-crisis-five-things/index.html)

01-19-2016, 01:16 PM
It's a big expensive mess. All the city's plumbing is going to have to be replaced. Flint used to be the 3rd largest city in the state, but has been surpassed by 2 Detroit suburbs in population, including Warren (the new 3rd, where I live). It's still the same size geographically speaking, and as far as water lines are concerned.

GM stopped using Flint water after a couple of months because the water was corroding it's machine parts. I think it's going to take the Army Corps of Engineers to repair the infrastructure damage, or some other agency capable of handling a big job like this. Putting the city back on Detroit water doesn't remove the lead, at this point, because the lead is coming from the pipes, not the water.

Someone is probably going to get indicted over this. My guess is the Governor's Emergency Manager. It should be clear that the Mayor of Flint has no responsibility for this at all-for one thing, she was recently elected, and for another, the city was in bankruptcy, so the governor appointed an emergency manager. The EM decided that buying water from Detroit was too expensive (everyone in SE MI buys their water from Detroit, because it's a superior product), and started pumping corrosive Flint River water through the city. The corrosive water broke down the city's pipes and put the lead from the pipes in the water supply.

The city of Flint sent out shut off notices to all who haven't paid for their poisoned water yet. That's got to be a kick in the teeth for the residents.

Hillary is jumping on this issue. She brought it up at the debate the other night and she both did a personal interview with Rachel Maddow last week in which she brought it up (this is Rachel's big story that no one else was covering on a national level) and called into her show last night and discussed it. Sooner or later, the US attorney's office will be involved. Bill Schutte, the MI attorney general, announced an investigation, but his main interest is making himself look good when he runs for Governor in 2 years. He can't investigate the same government he represents, anyways, it's a conflict of interest.