The City Of Flint Entered Into A Public Health State Of Emergency

911 Words Dec 17th, 2015 4 Pages
The city of Flint entered into a Public Health State of Emergency October of 2015. It took 17 months for any action plans to be discussed on fixing the problems that had been caused. The public officials started off by telling the residents to stop drinking their water immediately. The Genesee County Leaders, told residents that the water was not safe to use until further testing on lead levels was checked and that the residents needed water filters to be installed in their homes (Johnson, 2015). Donations started to arrive in the city, donating filters, that would allow the residents to purchase the filters at a lower cost. At this time, Governor Synder was starting to step in. Snyder committed that the state was going to help the city of Flint, and give money to help reconnect Flint back on to the Detroit Water and Sewerage System. The money that was to be donated was a $16 million dollar plan. This was to reconnect, buy water filters, and further testing on children and the water (Fonger, 2015a). “$6 million is coming in from the state of Michigan, $4 million is coming from C.S. Mott Foundations, $2 million from water and sewer fund of Flint, and hopefully an addition $4 million to come from the state” (2015a). More in depth investigation started to take place. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), was supposed to make sure health crisis like the one that happened in Flint, were to never occur. The director of the DEQ, Dan Wyant, stated that “staff…

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