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Flint’s water crisis

Flint’s water crisis

Pre-trial hearings loom for the former emergency manager and the director of public works of Flint, Michigan. Both have been charged with involuntary manslaughter over their roles in a public-health scandal.

The nearly bankrupt Midwestern city had switched to a cheaper water source, the Flint river. Officials repeatedly dismissed complaints by residents about the brownish, smelly water that came from their taps.

Flint did not treat the river water with an anti-corrosion chemical; when pumped through ageing pipes it exposed the lead, allowing the metal to leach into drinking water.

Babies in particular suffer from exposure to lead, which can lead to learning disorders, hearing loss, aggressive behavior, anemia, kidney damage and lowered IQ. As many as 9,000 children may have been affected.

Water Technologies Canada Inc.

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