Emergency Declared in Flint, MI Over Water

Flint, Michigan’s water woes are officially a federal emergency—nearly two years after the city took the money-saving move of switching from using Lake Huron water treated in Detroit to water from the Flint River.

That water was found to be corrosive to lead pipes still in use in the city, causing lead to leach into residents’ drinking water. This past weekend, President Obama declared a federal emergency, allowing federal funding and authorizing FEMA to provide water, filters, cartridges, and other items for 90 days.