After having their water poisoned out of pure greed and disregard for human life, Flint, Michigan, residents have received another slap in the face. They will now be forced to pay full price for toxic water that they need a filter to use.

According to NBC News, the state has ended its provided water relief credits that helped residents afford water that they haven’t been able to drink on its own since 2014. As we previously reported, in order to save money, in April 2014, Gov. Rick Snyder switched the water supply from the Detroit water system to the Flint River, a body of water known to have copious amounts of trash, pollution and iron. And despite residents complaining for 18 months afterwards that something was “funny” about the water, officials assured them that everything was fine, offering them water filters to relieve their anxiety.

As we know the nation found out that the water had been poising the city’s mostly Black and poor residents, so much so that last year former President Obama declared the area a state of emergency. But now the state expects for everyone to think all is good with the water supply.

On Tuesday, Anna Keaton, Snyder’s press secretary tried to justify their decision by saying that the state only promised to provide credits for Flint’s residents until the water met quality standards under the Lead and Copper Rule and Safe Drinking Water Act.

“That six month period, which is again required for every city in America, was June to December 2016,” Keaton said. “They got those results back and they went over them with the EPA in Chicago and the city and a few independent scientists, such as Marc Edwards, and they all determined that the water met all the quality standards.”

But as NBC pointed out, federal officials declared that properly-filtered Flint water was safe to drink, only after testing a measly 50 locations in the city of about 100,000. Not to mention, not all homes can be fitted for filters.

One community advocate told NBC news that the state is lying about the safety of the water.

“They’re not telling the truth about the water testing,” said Melissa Mays, of Water You Fighting For. “They’re saying they’re in compliance, but everyone here has had to learn the Lead and Copper Rule, and they’re not.”

There’s also been a disagreement about when the state notified Flint officials about this termination. While the governor’s office said they relayed their decision in a formal letter dated Feb. 7., state and city officials say they were not given adequate notice. Flint’s mayor, Karen Weaver, said the city was caught off guard, NPR noted.

She said state officials promised the payments would continue through March 31.

 

17 thoughts on “Flint Residents To Start Paying Full Price For Water They Can’t Drink Without A Filter

  1. Dr. Larry on said:

    Arthur, you ain’t fooling no one with you game up in here. Saying anything you think will score you points with the likes of Diane. Let me tell you brother, she will turn on you in a NY minute when you fail to pick up the tab at I-Hop or shell out $150 for her new weave.
    Careful what you wish for bro-bro

    • Diane on said:

      FYI. Diane, doesn’t eat at I hops. Nor does she wear a weave. Wrong girl, fool. Now I’m done commenting to u, because you an ignorant rammous

    • Diane on said:

      FYI, Diane doesn’t eat at I-hops. Nor does she wear a weave. But if I did, I could afford it my damn self. U can continue on with your ignorant comments, about blk women, but this blk women will be ignoring u going forward. Why don’t u do all of us a favor and get the hell off this website. And take Chris and jhufandpuff with u.

  2. chris on said:

    The last Republican mayor in Flint left office in 1974. The current council (all democrats)is a bunch of upstanding citizens: Wantwaz Davis, elected to the council in 2013, served 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 1991. The conviction was never publicly reported during Davis’s campaign.
    Councilman Eric Mays pleaded guilty to felonious assault in 1987 and served a year of probation. Mays said a man had been threatening his life before Mays threatened him with a gun.
    Two other members of the council filed for bankruptcy prior to being elected to office.
    Councilwoman Jackie Poplar filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in federal bankruptcy court, a year before first being elected to the City Council. She repaid nearly $21,000 to her creditors over six years. Councilwoman Monica Galloway, elected in 2013, and her husband, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1999, according to federal court records.
    PERHAPS OBAMA SHOULD HAVE GIVEN FLINT THE $221 MILLION HE GAVE TO THE PALESTINIANS ON HIS LAST DAY IN OFFICE INSTEAD.

  3. Arthur Childress on said:

    The Flint water crisis is an American tragedy. Very little can be done because the Michigan legislature is controlled by Republicans and Flint is a poor working class town. Republican Governor Rick Snyder should be in jail or better yet…hell. He has spent over a million dollars of tax-payers money on defense lawyers. Hell is too good for that miserable little miscreant.

    • chris on said:

      Arthur, oh Arthur, there hasn’t been a republican mayor since 1974. Obama gave the Chicago red line a $1.2 billion grant during the last week in office, he gave the Palestinians $221 million. Do you think he should have sent it to Flint?

      • Arthur Childress on said:

        Apparently, they don’t teach “reading comprehension” in “Troll school”. Where in my comment do you see the word… “Mayor”?? The city of Flint was being run by an Emergency Manager when it’s water delivery system was switched to the filthy, polluted Flint river. A manager appointed by Republican Governor Rick Snyder. You are sooo pathetic, even for a TROLL. Btw….they’ve all been charged!

    • chris on said:

      Arthur, what about the money Obama squandered on the Red Line in Chicago and God knows why he gave the Palestinians $221 million. Do you think he should have given it to Flint? I do.

  4. Dr. Larry on said:

    This is a prime example of the Democrats stealing your vote, and doing nothing for the black community in return. When are we going to free ourselves from the Democratic plantation? The gates are unlocked, all we need to do is walk.

    • Diane on said:

      We can see what the republithugs are doing in regards to ruining the country? I don’t see you commenting on all the lies and Russian ties of your prez. Drip, drip, drip. Please set us free from this madness.

      • Arthur Childress on said:

        Diane, what plantation are these TROLLS on? They all sound alike. The same very tired talking points, worn out cliché’s and general misinformation. And… they actually believe that we give a damn what “they” think and that they can tell us how “we” should think or react. Its laughable!

    • chris on said:

      Larry, Diane is quite comfortable on the plantation. She likes it when democrat politicians tell her she is important.

      • chris on said:

        Arthur, we are on the plantation of free thinkers. We do not have leftist massahs telling us to vote for democrats because they carry hot sauce every where they go.

      • Arthur Childress on said:

        Free thinker??? Lol, If you were to have an original thought, you’d bleed to death from your azz. I can’t waste any more of my time, energy or intellect on you. You are such a lightweight. So very predictable and soooo Boring. I just can no longer respond to your thoughtless, juvenile comments. Oh, and you can go to hell and take Rick Snyder with you!

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