Host: Diane Gil
Co-Host: Antonio Moore
Episode Introduction: In today’s episode of the Now What podcast, Diane and her co host KeKey Hussein talk about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. A real life example of what can happen in any community who loses their voice, and when local leaders fail to act in the best interest of the citizens.
This episode is a reminder to our listeners to empower yourself to be informed on (elected and appointed) local and state officials, and the authority they have to impact your daily life.
The discussion revolves around the lead contamination in drinking water in the city of Flint, Michigan. The crisis began back in 2014 under the presidentship of Barack Obama and still remains unsolved in President Trump’s period. The crisis is traced back to its origin and resources to help are discussed.
Notable Facts & Statistics:
85% of the land pipes have been replaced in the city of Flint, Michigan. The work for replacing the remaining 15% is stuck due to Covid 19.
Over 12,000 children are exposed to high lead damage in Flint, Michigan.
Lead contaminated water affects the mental and physical development of children.
It also results in mental diseases, premature delivery, increase in infant mortality rates, reduced sperm count and other diseases.
Residents in need of a water filter or filter cartridge should Call for CORE at 810-238-6700
City of Flint: (810) 410-1134
Genesee County Recycling Hotline: (810) 762-7744
Keep Genesee County Beautiful: (810) 767-9696
Republic Services: (800) 438-0966
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This episode was executive produced by: LG Media
Episode show notes by: Tanishka Kherajani