If you were watching the news back in 2014, it was impossible to miss the Flint, MI water crisis. Three years ago, the city opted to change its source of water from the City of Detroit to the Flint River. Unfortunately, the proper anti-corrosion measures were not observed.
As a result, the water leached lead from the aging pipelines and delivered the toxic water straight into people’s homes. In fact, tests revealed that the water in the area contained 10 times the lead limit imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
An image of some nice copper pipes in a warehouse
First Steps in Solving the Problem
The good news is that Flint’s water has finally returned to normal, though the residents are still being cautioned to use water filters or consume bottled water. Moreover, the local government also plans to enact long-term solutions that will solve the problem at its core.
Officials also announced that the city will be replacing almost 5,000 lead pipelines with copper. As Mayor Karen Weaver said during the Flint Water Infrastructure Summit, “Copper piping is the best material to use for the service lines because it’s long lasting and impermeable, so contaminants can’t get into our drinking water. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2qDjdJF