Water Crisis Research Paper
Much speculation has occurred on this subject, on how a community with a 40 percent poverty rate, afford to spend 55 million dollars to replace the cities underground piping system. Governor Snyder 's budget vastly underestimated the cost of such an operation by over 27 million dollars.(Breyesse) When the crisis first gained media attention America was sympathetic and gave its condolences, Michigan National Guard gave out water to those in need that lasted for one week. One week of aid does not equal out to three years of suffering. Former Air Force Airman Johnny L. Ricks weighed in on the discussion mentioning his time in service, where engineers are sent out beforehand to make liveable situations in deplorable conditions. This solution was further developed on by numerous experts, where the Army Corps of Engineers would be called into the city to remove the lead pipes.(Torrice) Once again the only obstacle in place is the cost of such resources being called to action. If the Army Corps of Engineers were to take action, all piping could be replaced within the next year, with the military having expendable forces it is a wonder as to why the Federal Emergency Management Agency has not sent out the corps.A murmur among those affected by the water crisis wants to send the bill for reconstruction directly to members of the local government who originally decided to switch water companies.