Toxic In Flint, Michigan Summary

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According to the article “How Tap Water Became Toxic in Flint, Michigan,” written by Sara Ganim and Linh Tran, the residents of Flint, Michigan highly disapproved of the new water source. Around 2 years ago, the city of Flint was forced to switch their water supply from Lake Huron to a more local source, Flint River. Before, this was not a big problem to the residents of Flint because they were told that the water they were drinking was harmless. However, people began to doubt that the water they were drinking was safe because it looked like sewage. Over time, new evidence began to arise claiming that the water contained massive amounts of lead and iron. Many parents and children had lead poisoning along with unexplained rashes and hair loss. Because…show more content…
Not only do the citizens of Flint, Michigan have contaminated water, but they also have no grocery store. A grocery would be helpful in this case because many citizens are able to balance their lead levels with proper nutrition. Many of these life-threatening problems could have easily been avoided if the state had not chose to ignore the federal law and take the problem into their own hands. The city of Flint had to act quickly on this matter because they were in a financial state of emergency. They decided to cut their supply off from Detroit’s and try to extract water from a more local area. Although this idea would save enough money to keep Flint, Michigan from falling, the area in which they chose to get their supply from was “...notorious...for its filth.” ( Ganim & Tran 2). Many locals who live near the Flint River, are aware of how contaminated and unhygienic the water is. When citizens were told that the switch from Lake Huron to the Flint River would take place, they believed it was a joke. After the plan was put into action, locals began to immediately see a drastic change and were worried. In order to

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