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.