Over the past week, the city of Flint, Michigan has been making headlines for their water crisis that’s been going on for the past year.
Due to a cost-cutting move by a state-appointment emergency manager, the cities water supply has been contaminated with extreme levels of lead. So basically, anyone that came in contact with tap water in Flint was susceptible to deadly toxins. With steady complaints of the smell, color and taste of the water supply, Michigan Gov. Rick Synder finally called a state of emergency on Jan. 12. The National Guard assisted with destruction of bottled water and water filters, according to USA Today.
However, the people of Flint still need much help from the federal government to overcome.
Yesterday (Jan. 22), President Obama announced that his administration would be providing the state of Michigan with $80 million to aid in the repair of Flint’s contaminated water supply, in addition to the initial $5 million that was allocated. While all the funds given are available immediately, it is unsure just how much money the city of Flint will actually receive, the Detroit Free Press reports.
“Our children should not have to be worried about the water that they’re drinking in American cities,” President Obama said during a U.S. Conference of Mayors event at the White House. “That’s not something that we should accept.