While i'm on the topic and thinking about it...
I'v seen A LOT of calls to Punish Governor Snyder over this...which i find funny. When Obama gets blamed for things people say "he's just one man and
congress blocks him etc" and when people get fed poisonous water people say "Snyder did this, bring out the firing squads!" LOL...now i get that it
happend on Snyders watch and he is the boss so he is responsible but jesssh...
Anywho if your interested in the history of Flints water you can look here...
I friend of mine sums it up pretty nicely on his Facebook which i will repost...
"I'll precede all of this by stating my credentials; In this instance, I'm not just some keyboard commando or Facebook slacktivist with a political
agenda, so those of you that are, step aside, and you might want to pack a lunch, homies, because you're about to get schooled... This problem goes
beyond Governor Snyder alone.
I spent half a decade working for one of Flint's neighboring municipal water and sewer departments, and upon leaving, i held a Department of
Environmental Quality S3 license for water distribution, meaning I was actually federally licensed to deal with this kinda thing. So, for those of you
who don't know the scoop, or are only getting some of the information, here's the reason that Flint is in its current fix with its water system.
In 1963, Flint began planning, and construction, on the Karegnondi water pipeline, but ulterior motives reared their ugly heads (political corruption,
big surprise), and the program was cancelled in favor of purchasing water supplied from Detroit under a thirty year contract. As time would pass,
Flint felt the strains of General Motors closing up plants and outsourcing work, and it trickled down. When the work left, so did the residents. It
doesn't take a rocket scientist to comprehend that fewer people living in a community also yields fewer people paying to support that community and
its infrastructure. In this case, a vast and sprawling network of aging water-mains were left with no one to pay for the maintenance beyond the
necessary quick repairs.
I saw this first hand on countless water main breaks where, upon exposing the pipes, we would find them to be so brittle and deteriorated from
corrosive water and electrolysis stemming from the once common practice of grounding ones home electrical system to the water lines, that we were
literally able to punch bare fingers through the iron mains, many of which had been installed nearly a century ago.
The unfortunate consequence of obtaining water from Detroit was, with no competition, Detroit essentially had Flint at their mercy in regards to water
rates, and they took advantage of the situation.
Eventually, after listening to the pleas of residents who were growing tired of the rate hikes that were ultimately being passed on to them, Flint
would begin to look for a more cost effective solution to its water woes.
In 2013, the Flint City Council voted 7-1 to renew the Karegnondi Pipeline which would supply the area directly from Lake Huron, and bypass Detroit
Taking exception to such a plan, Detroit ultimately decided to cut Flint off altogether, necessitating a plan of action to supply the residents of
Flint in the interim while the Karegnondi Pipeline was nearing completion. The Flint River, which had been deemed an acceptable backup source of water
in an emergency situation, was selected to fill the void. This decision would, unknowingly, prove to be a disaster.
The water of the Flint River was eventually discovered to have been more corrosive than that supplied from other sources. The corrosive nature would
lead to the stripping away of decades of tuburculation build-up within the mains, and would ultimately expose lead in the pipes, poisoning the
While it's questionable as to who knew what, and when, it's irrelevant. Placing blame does nothing. What I do know is that there is no simple
solution, and as far as I can imagine, the only effective corrective action would be the implementation of an entirely new infrastructure to replace
the currently failed one. Unfortunately, this would cost millions, if not billions, and I wouldn't be even slightly surprised if completion took
upwards of a decade."
I guess what i'm getting at is it is a serious problem with many screw ups by many people along the way. Being here at basically ground zero all i
hear is "Synder this Snyder that, Cher says to shoot Synder so it must be a good idea!" and obviously the repubs going opposite to defend Synder...
Like everything else, nobody seems to want a real solution, just a +1 for their party/ideology....
One day Flint will probably end up like "Escape From New York"....pity.