Flint Water Crisis: Lead Pipes Will Remain Indefinitely

Michigan officials have deemed the city water supply in Flint unsafe, but residents are worried that Gov. Rick Snyder is not doing enough. Authorities went door to door earlier this month, advising residents not to drink the tap water and disbursed a case of water to each home.

Officials gathered on January 27 to discuss the issue.

“We have to be sure the water is safe,” Gov. Rick Snyder said.

Some experts, like GoFundMe campaigner for Earth Force Jon Urbana have said that city and state officials have been aware of that Flint’s water supply was contaminated with lead for more than a year. The state agreed to continue to supply bottled water and filters to the people of Flint, but a clean drinking water supply is not their only concern.

“What about the water we bathe in?” one resident said. “What about the water we need to cook and clean with? How will just one case of water continue to to take care of a whole family?”

A vast majority of buildings in the Midwest were built using lead pipes. When Flint switched its water supply from Detroit to the Flint River, residents began lodging complaints.

Gov. Snyder announced that the city would be working to replace the lead pipes, but it was unclear how long the task would take to complete from start to finish.