What Can We Learn from the Flint Water Crisis?

Access to clean water is a human right, but who guarantees our human rights are observed?

Under the terms of a recent court settlement, it will be 2020 before the old, lead-lined and galvanized steel water pipes of all the residents of Flint, Michigan are completely replaced.

For a CNN timeline of the Flint water crisis, click here.

Let’s also give credit where credit is due, as the residents of Flint would not be on the path towards a clean water system were it not for the extraordinary work of a host of community members, activists, advocates, academics and journalists who forced Michigan public health officials and politicians to take them seriously. Read the Yes! magazine report on them here.

Here’s a worthwhile infographic that provides an overview of the crisis thus far, courtesy of the Water Filter Men.

The Water Filter Men (https://www.thewaterfiltermen.ie/) is an Irish company that sells water filters online. Based in the east coast town of Dundalk, their range of filtration products includes reverse osmosis water filter systems, fridge filters, shower water filters, UV sterilizer systems and water softeners. The company is committed to providing homeowners and businesses with clean and safe water that has been fully filtered to remove all bacterial content, in the recognition that a clean supply of drinking water is crucial for our health and wellbeing.

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