flint water crisis
Flint still doesn’t have safe drinking water.
More than two and a half years since Flint’s water crisis started, Mayor Karen Weaver has extended the city’s state of emergency, which was set to expire on Monday. Both the state and federal states of emergency expired in mid-August.
“The fact of the matter is we still cannot drink our water without a filter,” Weaver said Tuesday in a statement. “That is why I have signed a declaration to renew the state of emergency in the City of Flint until the lingering issues have been resolved and the water is deemed safe to drink.”
The crisis started after the city’s emergency manager switched the municipal water supply to the Flint River in April 2014, exposing thousands of Flint residents and 6,000-12,000 children to lead-contaminated water. Even small amounts of lead exposure can lead to serious health consequences for children.
By extending the city’s state of emergency, Weaver hopes to renew attention on the city’s water crisis. In September, the Senate authorized $220 million and the House authorized $170 million in federal aid for Flint and other cities dealing with lead contamination, but there are mixed signals on the fate of the funding.