Flint, Michigan, Declares State Of Emergency Over Lead In Water
Tests have found alarming amounts of lead in children since the city switched its water source last year in an effort to cut costs.By Melissa Prax | December 16, 2015
The city of Flint, Michigan, is having a major problem with lead in its water supply. So much so, the crisis has been ruled a state of emergency.
Last spring, Flint switched from Detroit's water system to a nearby river. But, tests show some children who live in the city have an alarming amount of lead in their blood — triple that of average. It was determined aging water pipes were the problem. (Video via CBS)
Last week, the mayor's office announced it was putting phosphates into the city's water, a process that can take up to six months to reduce lead amounts.