State Audit Report says Michigan Water Quality Regulators Faulted in Flint Water Crisis
On Friday, auditors said that the environmental regulators of Michigan made a vital error as Flint started using a source for drinking water which had the possibility of becoming contaminated with lead. The crew in the largest city of Michigan, started digging up old pipes that connect water mains to homes and replaced them with copper pipes.
A report by the state auditor general said that the Department of Environmental Quality's drinking water office staff failed to order Flint to treat its drinking water with anti-corrosion chemicals. The precautionary measures should have been taken in April 2004, when the city switched its source to the Flint River. The report also said the rules which they failed to observe, might not have been adequate to protect the residents.
Earlier, Flint was using water from the Detroit system, it brought in changes in order to save money. The city planned to eventually to join a consortium which will have its own network of pipeline to the lake. However, the river water turned out to be corrosive with lead scraped out from old and worn put pipes. The water supply in some of the residences and schools turned out to have high levels of lead and is blamed for elevated levels of lead found in the bloodstreams of several children. Lead when consumed, might lead to slowing developmental issues and also might cause learning disabilities.
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