Trying To Cut Costs, One City Ended Up With Dirty Tap Water
When Flint, Michigan stopped buying water from Detroit and starting treating the nearby Flint River for its drinking water, quality plummeted. As this piece in The Atlantic explains other cash-strapped cities around the country may risk similar problems as they struggle to upkeep infrastructure. “Flint is an extreme case, but nationally, there’s been a lack of investment in water infrastructure,” Eric Scorsone, an economist at Michigan State University told the Atlantic. “This is a common problem nationally.”
Next Economy In Flint, Michigan, lead, copper, and bacteria are contaminating the drinking supply and making residents ill. If other cities fail to fix their old pipes, the problem could soon become a lot more common.