A federal judge has ordered state officials to deliver bottled water to Flint residents who don’t have properly installed and maintained water filters on their kitchen taps.
In a preliminary injunction issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Lawson said the state and City of Flint must, effective immediately, deliver four cases of bottled water per resident per week to qualified Flint households. [DETROITFREEPRESS]
Flint, a predominantly black city of 100,000, was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its water source in April 2014 to the Flint River from Lake Huron in a money-saving move. The more corrosive river water caused lead to leach from city pipes and into the drinking water.
The city switched back in October 2015 after tests found high levels of lead in blood samples taken from children, but the water has not returned fully to normal. Flint has been replacing lead pipes running to homes, and state officials have said the water is safe to drink if properly filtered. [REUTERS]