Flint, Michigan is the site of a federal state of emergency, where over 100,000 residents were exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water.
Bottled water was recommended for the use of drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing. That’s essentially everything one would use water for.
Now, EIGHT THOUSAND homeowners in Flint are being put at risk of foreclosure for unpaid water bills.
When asked about the situation, a spokesperson for the Flint Treasury Department said, even though the government is not providing these people a service, “we cant give people water at the tap and not get revenue in to pay those bills.”
That’s pretty rich since the water coming from those taps is not only unusable, but hazardous to their health.
Tax liens have been sent out to home owners who have not paid their water bills in 6 months or more, but the area has been in a state of emergency since January of 2016.
From The Fader:
Mooney said that recent shut offs have led to Flint collecting $3 million for water in April, up from March’s total of $2.1 million. After Barack Obama declared a state of emergency over the Flint water crisis in January 2016, Michigan’s state legislature gave subsidies to Flint residents for water bills. The credits were cut off in February after Michigan officials announced that Flint’s water met federal guidelines for lead levels the previous month. In March, Congress passed legislation allocating $100 million to replace lead pipes that contribute to water contamination in Flint, a process that city officials said would be completed in 2020.