2015 | Flint, MI

Public Disservice

What emergency?

Important Information About Your Drinking Water

City of Flint Did Not Meet Treatment Requirements

Our water system was recently found to be in violation of a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation.

What Should I Do?

There is nothing you need to do unless you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, or are elderly. In that case, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from your health care provider. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within twenty-four hours.

What Does This Mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within twenty-four hours. People who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the maximum contaminant level over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

What Is Being Done?

We are currently working on solutions to correct the problem. We anticipate resolving the problem in 2015.

About This Text

From a water advisory issued to Flint citizens. When Flint changed its water source from the Detroit River and Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2014, proper treatments were not put in place; city residents soon experienced widespread lead contamination. Whistleblowers and local advocates called attention to the public health crisis despite government denials. Five days after the city downplayed the problem in this advisory, the state of Michigan announced that employees at the Flint State Office Building would be provided with special water coolers.