Nearly three years later and Flint still does not have clean water. Now the victims are expected to fix the problem themselves or get out. The city recently sent out notices to 8,002 residents requiring payment in overdue “water” bills. If the don’t pay up, victims could lose their homes.8000 #Flint Victims Face #Foreclosure for Unpaid #Water Bills Click To Tweet
Prosecution attempts have failed to adequately administer blame. Officials continuously fail to rectify the situation. Now the responsibility has come full circle. The city of Flint is now attempting to extort $5.8 million from victims. That’s an average of $724 per household.
Flint is a poor city– about 40 percent live below the poverty line. And the victims hit hardest by the water crisis are some of the poorest. No one should be forced to pay for poison water in order to keep their home. Thousands of children face long-term devastating health consequences as a result of lead exposure. On top of this, Flint suffered a deadly Legionnaire’s outbreak– a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by contaminated water. Twelve people lost their lives.
The entire Flint crisis is completely unacceptable and the official reaction has been nothing but embarrassing. The United States is the wealthiest country in the world. This should never have happened. The Flint water crisis has thoroughly exposed the government’s intention to put profit over the needs of the people.
Progress in Flint is existent but slow. About 20,000 households still need new pipes and the city only expects to replace 6,000 by the end of the year.