Four Years After Flint, Lead Poisoning Still Present

Darcy Harrison, Writer

Every day, millions of people drink water that could be contaminated by lead. Lead poisoning slows brain development and causes many physical health issues, even death. Nationally, there are up to ten million lead water pipes still in usage, even though this product was banned over twenty-five years ago. The public awareness of this problem came to the fore when Flint, Michigan’s water became undrinkable in 2015, but these issues are still very prominent to this day. 

The Environmental Protection Agency says that one-third of the national population drink water from sources that are not protected by clean water laws. The EPA is a huge reason why there is even access to safe water, but its numbers have begun to dwindle. There has been a significant drop in the number of staff, which has lowered the agency’s outreach level. 

The headlining water crisis of Flint sparked political and social outrage and a claim for immediate change. Though the town’s water has switched back from the Detroit River and it is one of the most closely moderated towns in America, its government is met with skepticism to its cleanliness. Many towns still have close to what Flint’s water once was, such as Battle Creek, Michigan. 

Though Flint’s water is safe again, there has been a struggle in prosecuting the people who lied to their citizens. All charges have been dropped as of June 2019 in an attempt to restart their case. This makes it harder for these alleged criminals to be charged.

Because of how time-consuming it is for local and national governments to change the pipes and service lines, the EPA has issued a recommendation of implanting a water filter in your home to filter out any possible toxins. It is important to be informed about drinkable water issues because they can happen to anybody at anytime.