I searched and surprisingly there doesn’t seem to be a thread on this yet. There’s no one article that gives the whole story on this but Google will give you lots of info if you’re not familiar with the problem.
Basically what happened is that, as a cost saving measure, the city switched from the Detroit water system to using the Flint River as its water source, in 2014.
It’s since been discovered that the citizens of Flint, the children in particular, now have dangerous levels of lead in their blood. Testing has shown that it’s from the water. The water was improperly treated and therefore leached lead from the city’s water pipes.
There are claims that politicians, all the way up to Governor Snyder, knew about this and suppressed the information.
So what’s to be done at this point? Who’s to blame? Should there be criminal charges? What can be done to remedy the problem? Who’s going to pay the financial costs of any physical or mental damage to the citizens of Flint?
This article: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/10/06/state-begins-distributing-water-filters-flint/73433652/
says that they’re distributing water filters. Will these filters remove the lead? Who’s paying for them and who will pay for replacement cartridges?
Can it be remedied simply by starting to treat the water properly, or switching back to the Detroit supply? Is there some kind of permanent damage to the pipes that will cause them to continue to leach lead regardless?