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Water & Sanitation

Two Years After Water Crisis Began, Judge Orders Water Bottles to Flint

Two years ago, the water in Flint, Michigan became contaminated. Despite how long ago that was, the city is still failing to fulfill the basic human right of access to clean water. 

This week, a federal judge in Michigan ordered for 96 half-liter bottles of water to be delivered each week to each Flint resident who needs it until the city resolves the water crisis.  

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This all began when the water supplier in Flint was switched switch from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) to the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA). After a series of terrible maintenance decisions, the water became contaminated and undrinkable.

According to The New York TImes, this latest ruling came as a result of a lawsuit.

The Times also reports that, “the city does not have to deliver water to residents whose homes have properly installed and working filters, are unoccupied or decline the service.”

These deliveries are important because the city initially downplayed the urgency of its residents needs by claiming that they could access clean water through filters the city had provided.

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However, due to language barriers, old age, cognitive disabilities, or simply the lack of necessary tools, individuals were continuing to struggle to get clean water and the judge's recent decision is a recognition of this injustice.

At the end of the day, clean water is not a privilege. It’s a right and it’s important that actions continue to be taken until every resident of Flint has regular access to safe water.