Flint, MI–Pay Up For Poisoned Water Or Lose Your Home
Written by Angela Grant
Yes, it’s true! The City of Flint claimed it was the law and they have no choice. Residents signed up for safe drinking water, not poisoned lead water. Flint reneged on its end of the agreement, so why are consumers obligated to pay on their end when the agreement was not met?
The solution is simply this: the City of Flint replace its corroded lead leaking pipes and honor its obligation to it’s residents…
FLINT, Mich. — Thousands of people in Flint are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure if they don’t pay up on their water bills. After recently putting out shut-off notices the city is now back to threatening tax liens on people’s homes.
“I got scared, for probably the first time since this all started this actually scared me,” said Melissa Mays, who is a mother and water activist who lives in Flint.
Mays received the notice in the mail Friday stating that she must pay nearly $900 by May 19 to avoid a lien being placed on her property.
The Mays Family is not alone. More than 8,000 people are also on the same notice. What gets them on this list is not paying a water bill for six months or more.
A survey of the 500 largest water systems in the country, conducted last year, found that on average, Flint residents paid about $864 a year for water service, nearly double the national average and about three-and-a-half times as much as Detroiters pay.
Three years ago, the city of Flint, Michigan, in search of a cheaper water supply, connected its system to the nearby Flint River. The switch was meant to be temporary; as such, officials neglected to treat the water flowing into the pipes to ensure it wouldn’t cause corrosion. Almost immediately, residents, 40% of whom live in poverty, took note of the strange taste and color of the water, but their complaints fell on deaf ears. By the time officials acknowledged that the water from the Flint River had corroded the pipes, high levels of lead had already seeped into the water supply of 100,000 people.
Residents became sick and children broke out in rashes. In one home, lead levels rose to 397 parts per billion–more than high enough to cause kidney damage, high blood pressure, and memory and neurological problems. The action level set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 15 parts per billion.
As if lead poisoning was not enough, twelve people died from an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in the water of Flint. At least eight of patients who died was evaluated at McLaren Flint Hospital for other ailments shortly before contracting Legionnaires.
State health officials have increased the number of deaths associated with an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area to 12, up from 10.
There were 91 confirmed cases of the disease — a severe type of pneumonia — during a 17-month period in 2014 and 2015, according to the state health department’s updated numbers released Monday. In previous years, 6 to 13 cases were typically confirmed annually in Genesee County.
Health officials now say five of the deaths occurred from June 2014 through March 2015 and seven deaths during a second spike of the outbreak from May 2015 to October 2015.
Is this how we make America great again? American’s health is important for our national security and to make this country great again.
Call Gov. Snyder at 517-335-7858 who will refer you to City of Flint, Mayor’s Office at 810-766-7346, press 6 for mayor’s office to leave a message.
Or call Flint’s Water Dept at 810-766-7225