The Flint water crisis is making headlines all across the nation. People are outraged with the fact that all of this could have been avoided if the local government took the proper action before things got out of control. In the article I read “How tap water became toxic in Flint, Michigan“, it said that a study done in 2011 showed that the water was too corrosive, and that unless it was treated with the proper anti-corrosive chemicals otherwise it wouldn’t be considered safe to drink. In fact, it was said that the flint river was 19 time more corrosive than the water that they used to come from lake Huron.
The main problem that occurred from this is not the fact that the water was just corrosive, it was the fact that that corrosive water deteriorated the copper and lead pipes, and copper and lead started leaching into the water. It became worse when the local government continued to tell citizens of flint that the water was fine, and that even though it had a brown tint to the water it was still safe to drink.
The repercussions from the neglect from the city of Flint will now cost them much more than if they kept up with cleaning the Flint river initially. Now they are projecting that they will have to replace many of the water lines. In the article “No simple fix: Infrastructure, health issues loom large in Flint water crisis” they say that the approximate cost of replacing the damaged pipes of the city would cost 1.5 Billion dollars to fix.