Access to clean water is a basic human right
It’s been over two years since the residents in Flint, Michigan had their water supply switched to the Flint River (contaminated with lead) to save money.
Since the initial report in 2014, the water supply has been changed back. However, there is mistrust between residents and government officials.
For so long the residents in Flint have depended on bottled and filtered water for every aspect of their lives.
Now the residents are scared to access the water and bathe out of fear. As a result, some Flint residents have reportedly substituted bathing for the use of baby wipes.
The state has set an agenda to being replacing contaminated faucets and pipes in schools and over 6,000 homes.
The first phase will include homes with the highest tested levels of lead.
In addition to the residents suffering from the water crisis, there is now an outbreak of an infectious bacterial disease called Shigellosis.
More on Shigellosis & it’s impact on residents:
According to the CDC “Shigellosis is a diarrheal disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella.”
Shigellosis is an extremely contagious, dysentery disease; it primarily affects the intestines, causing bloody diarrhea.
Symptoms include fever and abdominal pain, and it’s spread primarily by not washing hands.
It has been reported the highest Flint County than in any other county in the U.S.
According to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services over 85 cases were reported just the first week in the new year.