As Michigan officials continued to downplay the lead risk to Flint’s children, researchers from Virginia Tech got involved. They warned people to stop drinking the tap water.
When the city of Flint, Michigan, began pumping water from the Flint River, it was the cheapest option at the time. But there were problems right off the bat, and complaints from residents rolled in.
In 2013, the discovery of dangerous bacteria in the drinking water of two working-class communities along the Rio Grande in Texas set off alarms among state regulators and investigators. Now it appears that efforts to hold anyone responsible are sputtering to an inconclusive end.
Clean drinking water isn’t a problem most of us worry about in the United States today. But there are still communities in our country where water is brown or green out of the tap.