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by Ojobaro Adekemi on 06/24/2016 at 05:28 AM

Water crisis in Flint: A disintegration of trust

Water crisis in Flint (Michigan, United State)

Flint city lies along the Flint River, 60 miles northwest to Detroit. It was at first a trading post developed by Jacob Smith in 1819. Later in 1830, the river was renamed Flint River. It was considered as the lumbering and agriculture center. In 1884, the Durant-Dort Carriage Company was developed and by 1900 the flint city develops 100,000 vehicles a year.

Good water, Good life

Wellsprings of drinking water supply incorporate groundwater and surface waters, for example, lakes and waterways. Among those water sources, waterways has the greatest treatment challenge .Relative to groundwater, surface waters have a tendency to contain more particles, microorganisms, natural matter, taste-and smell bringing about muddle up, and numerous contaminants. However, surface water has a tendency to be more destructive than groundwater.

Water crisis in Flint

Water quality issues in Flint started with the choice of city authorities in 2014. They decided to change from purchasing treated drinking water from Detroit to treating Flint River water themselves. making use of the service of a city-claimed treatment office. Because of the improper treatment, the water became contaminated with lead.

The residents did not even know what was happening at the time. The Flint River is normally high in destructive chloride. In this way, press channels in the water dispersion system started eroding promptly after the underlying switch from Detroit water.

The iron that was discharged from the eroding funnels reacted with remaining chlorine that is added to kill microorganisms, making it to work as a disinfectant. The amount of lead has increased in the water and with time the water became poisonous. The president declared the situation unacceptable and promised to resolve the issue as quick as possible.

Also, he received the briefing on the families that were affected by the lead poisoned water. He also met the native politicians and discussed the disastrous situation with them. He was of the opinion that conflict cannot solve the major issue affecting one of the largest cities in the country. The situation of the city is expected to be better in the near future.

Given the complexities and uncertainties in producing safe potable drink, a nonnegotiable respect for the necessary planning and testing steps of any new system is paramount to prevent such incidents as we’ve seen in Flint. A lack of due diligence in planning will always cost more in the end.

 

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