Residents of Flint, MI are feeling the sacrifice the city officials made to save money until the Karegnondo Water Authority pipeline is completed. The water from the Flint River has tested positive for fecal coliform bacteria. In response, Flint city engineers increased the amount of chlorine in the water. This, however, has caused high levels of trihalomethanes, creating a possible violation of the Clean Water Act.
The water was also found to have lead contents of 13,000 parts per billion, which far exceeds the EPA’s suggestion of under 15 parts per billion. These high levels of trihalomethanes and lead have rendered the water unsafe to drink.
This pipeline issue is not unique to Flint, Michigan, however. According to the American Society for Civil Engineers, many of the nation’s pipeline are heading in the same direction. Soon, the nation will have to invest its time and resources into making improvements to existing pipelines, and/or creating brand new ones. The cost of such an endeavor could potentially reach up to $1 trillion.
The new water pipeline that will service the city of Flint Michigan, set to be completed in 2016, will bring water from Flint’s previous provider: Lake Huron. It will be a welcome change from the need to treat water from the Flint River, which has been littered with everything from dead bodies to an abandoned car.