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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Flint’s Water Poisons Kids

Sep 28, 2015

The proportion of children in Flint, Michigan with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood has doubled since September of 2013. And it’s even worse in Flint’s highest-risk zip codes where the percentage went from 2.5% to 6.3% in two years.

The rise in lead poisoning is no accident. Flint stopped purchasing water from the Detroit Water Department in April 2014 and is now drawing its water from the Flint River instead.

Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech professor, said Flint’s water is more than four times as corrosive to iron pipes as Detroit’s water, which means the iron pipes in Flint would fail at least four times faster and cause lead to leach from any remaining lead pipes. High lead levels can lead to brain damage and many other health issues.

The Flint schools advise children to bring bottled water to school and avoid drinking from water fountains. Yes, the kids should drink bottled water, as should everyone else in Flint–until they fix the problem–but let the city provide it until they do whatever is necessary to make sure the people of Flint have a clean and safe water supply!