Billionaire and tesla owner Elon Musk has pledged to commit to spending money on solutions to the homes in Flint, Michigan that are still contaminated. After a twitter owner tweeted to Musk that there was "NO WAY (he) could help get clean water to Flint", Musk immediately tweeted back his commitment to help fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that still needed it.
Back in 2014, when the Flint crisis first started, city officials had decided to start receiving their water from the Flint River in order to cut costs. However, the switch led to a health crisis around the city due to contaminated lead water. The switch poisoned the water for a good 18 months and led to smelly, disgusting water in people’s homes.
This led to the poisoning of thousands and the death of twelve.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has stated that the water quality in Flint has been restored; however, many residents are still skeptical. The DEQ released studies of tests they had done over 4 six month periods that show the lead in the water is way below the high risk level.
The water is now testing similar to other cities and states.
Post Authors: Megha Gupta, Shannon Evanchec
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