The failure by Michigan’s water management authority to treat its municipal water after successfully changing its source from the Detroit system to Flint River has led to a series of health issues. Notably, being the headquarters of General Motors (GM) and a center of automobile companies, Michigan was considered one of the wealthiest cities in the United States of America (Morckel and Greg 1). As such, the high level of lead used in the automobile industry played a significant role in the contamination of the waters found in Flint River.
The Flint water crisis was caused by the inability of the city’s water management authority to use anti-corrosion chemicals to avert lead materials and solubilized lead from entering the water pipes. A change in the water supply enhanced the disaster since Flint River was known to be highly corrosive due to the high particles of lead. Therefore, continuous use of the water by the residents brought significant repercussions such as increased blood lead levels among children. Equally, lead exposure in teenagers can result in decreased intelligence, poor development, harmful behaviors, and negatively affect the neurological functions (Campbell et al. 2). As such, the Flint Michigan water problem signifies government failure to secure the public’s health at different stages.
The inability of the Michigan authority to use anti-corrosion chemicals to prevent the entry of solubilized lead in the water pipes played a significant role in enhancing water health issues in Michigan. Equally, the disaster was promoted by a change in the water supply from the Detroit system to Flint River which was believed to be highly corrosive. The use of Flint water by the residents brought substantial impacts to the population such as increased blood lead level among children.
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Morckel, Victoria, and Greg Rybarczyk. “The effects of the water crisis on population dynamics in the City of Flint, Michigan.” Cities & Health Vol. 2, No. 1, 2018, Pp. 69-81.