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POURING SALT ON AN OPEN WOUND, FLINT ISSUES A BOIL WATER ADVISORY



The citizens of Flint, Michigan have now been put under boil water advisory due to a water main break, adding an ironic twist to a water crisis that started 17 months ago, when residents were left to drink, cook, and bathe in lead-contaminated water.

The lead crisis dates back to April 2014, when the city of Flint switched drinking water sources from Detroitís system to the Flint River to save money while a new pipeline was being constructed. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of lead contamination.

Between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead and they may experience a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the county that has killed 10 people and affected another 77.

On Tuesday, a water main break which caused a drop in the Flint's water pressure prompted the city to advise people to boil their water before drinking it. The advisory applies mostly to those using city water through filters installed on their taps in the wake of the lead crisis. Residents not using a filter are asked to flush the water for at least seven minutes before collecting to boil. Or as a headline at Fark succinctly puts it, "residents are being told to boil the water before they not drink it."

The mayor of Flint says that it will take $55 million to fix Flint's pipes. By all accounts, this is only the tip of the iceberg as many towns and cities across the US are suspected of having the same lead issue to a greater or lesser degree.

A year and a half ago WaterToday published an article on the use of lead pipes throughout history and in Canadian cities. It is doubtful that much has changed since then. To view it click on the link below.

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