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Less Cops Means More Violence in Flint

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One of the biggest problems in Flint today is violent crime. The recent increase in violent crimes such as rape, homicide and arson can be attributed to poverty, unemployment and several other factors. However, the lack of adequate police enforcement is what allows the violence to continue. Government officials laid off many law enforcement officers in Flint, resulting in the city having one of the highest civilian-to-cop ratios in the country. Check out this video to see what the people of Flint are saying about the decrease in police officers.


To learn more about Flint crime and what mayoral candidate Karen Weaver plans to do about it, visit www.karenaboutflint.com.

Researchers Suggest Flint Go Back to Detroit for Water

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According to Virginia Tech University researchers, a large part of the problem with Flint’s drinking water is the corrosiveness of the water in the Flint River. The researchers have determined that the water is 19 times more corrosive to lead solder used in pipes than Detroit’s water which was Flint’s previous supply.

To lessen the corrosiveness, cities use a common chemical called orthophosphate. However, researchers say, that even after adding orthophosphate, Flint’s water would still be 16 times more corrosive than Detroit’s.

Virginia Tech researchers have been testing samples collected from hundreds of Flint homes. They have found “serious” levels of lead in almost one in five. The researchers have urged some homeowners to stop drinking their tap water entirely.

They say their test results show the city should resume the practice of getting drinking water from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department. Flint shut off its water pipeline to Detroit last year. The Flint River is a temporary water source until a new pipeline from Lake Huron is completed sometime next year.

City and state officials have taken issue with the Virginia Tech findings. They insist their own testing has not shown similar results.


Erin Brokovich Weighs in on Flint Water Issue

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The water issue in Flint have made national headlines.  Even environmental activist Erin Brockovich has weighed in on the issue.

Brockovish took to Facebook and responded to a photo of brown water gushing from a hydrant in Flint.  In her comment, she noted how serious a part environmental issues play in our lives.  She said that this is an example of “how bad it can get.”  The water discoloration was caused when maintenance crews replaced two valves in the area, according to Howard Croft, Director of Flint Department of Public Works.

The work required crews to shut off the water, which caused a backup of dirty water, and a need for extensive hydrant flushing.  The dirty water came from sediment buildup that occurred due to the broken valves.  Crews have been working for four months to identify and replace the broken valves, a number of which had been broken for quite some time.  Brockovich took a moment to point out that hours of brown running water is more than simple hydrant flushing, but that it is an indication of the poor water quality in Flint.

Brokovich also stated that “This highly corrosive water is causing serious (lead) and copper leaching throughout the community and is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”  Flint recently resolved other violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, but now potentially faces new violations.

Brokovich met with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) to discuss concerns about the city’s drinking water issues.

Aging Pipelines in Flint, Michigan

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The pipeline system in Flint is aging and as a result, residents are faced with a situation where they have to consume and bathe in water with high levels of copper, lead and E. coli.  This unfortunate situation has lead the city to turn to the Flint River as a source of clean water, despite having some issues of its own.

The price of water supplied to Flint by Detroit has steadily become a greater and greater financial burden to the city.  While it is imperative that the city maintain a source of clean water for its citizens, the cost has skyrocketed by 73% in just 9 years.

The city is struggling to appropriate the necessary funds toward building up the its water-piping infrastructure.  To help alleviate the problem, Genesee County is currently building a pipeline in conjunction with other Michigan counties that will connect Lake Huron to mid-Michigan. The pipeline being created by Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline is scheduled to be complete in a year’s time.  In the meantime, the city has decided to allocate $2.8 million toward the treatment of water from the Flint River.  This cost is significantly less than the $12 million that the city would otherwise have to pay Detroit.

Gov. Snyder actively working toward solution for water crisis in Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/30/15) – Governor Rick Snyder is talking Flint water in Lansing, but still one big question remains – will Flint switch back to the Detroit water system?

The move has been gaining momentum in Flint and Lansing.

Wednesday, Snyder was asked about the Flint water crisis at a press conference for the newly-appointed Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

He told reporters that he’s working with city, state and federal leaders to come up with a plan to get better quality water flowing to the people of Flint – faster.

Whether or not that means switching to the Detroit water system from the Flint River is still a mystery.

“It appears that lead levels could be higher, or have increased. What can be done to deal with that in an effective fashion. Again, were looking at making sure they’re within safe limits according to the Federal Government, and I would expect us to have more to talk about this subject before the end of the week,” Snyder said.

ABC12 News learned this week that Snyder had a hand in distributing 1,500 water filters to Flint homes about a month ago.

He confirmed that at least part of the state’s future involvement in the crisis will include bringing more of those filters to the people of Flint.

Kalamazoo church brings bottled water to Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/30/15) – A church congregation 130 miles away from Flint was touched when it heard about Flint’s water worries.

Members of the First Congregational Church in downtown Kalamazoo heard about the problem with lead in the Flint water and wanted to help. So they passed around the offering plate and then went shopping for water.

A van and a crossover arrived jammed with 4,500 bottles of water, enough for nearly every student in the Flint Community Schools.

“I think that’s terrible, in the school of all places, where you expect kids to be safe, and lead is nasty stuff. That’s something we can’t have kids exposed to,” said Rev. Nathan Dannison, of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo.

The water was left at the administration building loading dock, where it will be divided up and sent to every Flint school. The church hopes to return with more water and water filters.

“We tend to put feet to our faith as soon as possible, so we trust that God’s going to come through for us and make sure we raise the resources we need to continue bringing fresh water,” Dannison said.

“We really appreciate the community wrapping its arms around our schools and helping us provide safe drinking water for all of our students. This will assure them that they’re getting clean drinking water for their learning and education,” said Tony Sitko, Flint Community Schools director of shared services.

“We all have to pull together and do what we can,” Dannison said.

If you want to donate bottled water, you can leave it at neighborhood Flint schools from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

There’s a high demand for bottled water at the high schools because of after-school programs and athletics.

Cashier’s checks and money orders made out to Flint Community Schools are also accepted.

More than 13,000 bottles of water have already been donated.

House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church holds free water giveaway

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/30/15) – Cases of bottled water went fast at a giveaway Wednesday afternoon in Flint.

The House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church on West Carpenter Road had about 700 cases of water to hand out.

A long line of cars stretched around the building, so they began a little early.

The water was gone in about an hour.

So far, the church hasn’t scheduled another giveaway.

Free Water Testing

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FLINT (WJRT) – (09/30/15) – If you have concerns about what may be in your city water, City of Flint officials want you to know you can get your water tested for free.

Mike Glasgow, utilities administrator for the City of Flint Water Plant, tells ABC12 more than 250 people have asked to get their water tested just in the past week.

If you’re worried about Flint treating the water, this fact might give you some peace of mind.

“We don’t do any of the testing here. We’re kind of acting as a middle man just to pay and fill out the all the paperwork for the residents to get this testing done,” Glasgow said.

The Department of Environmental Quality State Drinking Water does the actual testing in Lansing.

Here’s how it works: You call up the city and tell them what you’re concerned about. For example, it’s a certain test that looks for lead and copper in water. Then the city provides a one liter sample bottle and instructions.

When testing for lead, the water needs to sit for six to eight hours in the pipes to get an accurate sample. After filling up the bottle almost to the top, you then bring in the bottle, or schedule to get it picked up.

Then the sample is sent to the independent lab in Lansing. It won’t take any longer than two weeks to get some results.

“The results will come back to us first, usually via email. And then they’ll send a hard copy also. But once I get an email, I can print it out and send it along with a letter of risk, if there’s a high level or risk, and what they can do to negate these risks,” Glasgow said.

Water plant staff tell us the data the city uses to measure lead levels, for example, is not based on these resident samples, but according to what they’ve received from these resident samples, it looks like lead levels are varied from household to household.

500 cases of water handed out in giveaway

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Following reports of lead contamination in the water system, a local church is looking to help.

The House of Prayer MBC Outreach Ministry was planning to give away water on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The ministry handed out more than 500 free cases of water to residents who may not be able to afford it.

But the giveaway didn’t take two hours. Instead, they ran out of cases before 5 p.m.

This was House of Prayer’s third time distributing free cases of bottled water to residents this year.

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