Flint Residents Are Still Fighting For Access To Clean Drinking Water Two Years Later

Federal and state officials say the cost of door-to-door bottled water delivery is too high.

by Rachaell Davis, originally posted on December 2, 2016


It’s been more than two years since the lead water crisis left the people of Flint without access to clean drinking water, but the fight to get things back to normal is far from over.

The city of Flint has joined the state of Michigan in their fight against a federal court injunction requiring that Flint residents receive current and accurate information about the levels of lead contamination in their tap water, as well as door-to-door deliveries of bottled water, filter installations and water line replacements free of cost to residents.

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While it would seem the ask stated in the injunction is more than reasonable––and above all else, necessary––attorneys for the city say the requirement, issued by U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson, is “overboard, and moreover, the city lacks the resources required to comply,” according to MLive.

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State and federal officials also argue that the city’s water condition is “improving,” although they continue to caution residents against drinking non-filtered tap water due to the possibility of heightened lead levels. Another concern officials have is the potentially high cost (estimated at over $10 million) to taxpayers in order to implement the provisions stated in the injunction.

ACLU attorneys maintain that the current bottled water delivery program in place has proven inadequate for residents, many of whom lack access to the transportation necessary to pick up the water from designated delivery sites.

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