Health Concerns

Lead Found In Michigan Children After Switching Water Source

October 3, 2015

Doctors found high levels of lead in hundreds of children from Flint, Michigan, and the likely cause is from the city water.

Even though the state assured its water drinkers that it would be safe to pump water from Flint River, pediatricians who’ve done the tests found levels of lead rising in children, compared to the previous water source the town was drawing from.

Lee Anne Walters, a mother of a 4-year-old son from Flint, suspected that the water was affecting her son’s health and growth. She said, “I kept talking to the doctors, trying to figure out why he wasn’t growing. He was 27 pounds at 4 years old. His hair was thinning, breaking out in rashes.”

The article by Sarah Hulett goes on to explain the issue.

“Complaints about foul-smelling, discolored water began soon after the city started drawing water from the Flint River. In the summer of 2014, the city issued a notice for residents to boil their water because of E. coli contamination.

Then the city was found to be in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act because of high levels of a disinfectant byproduct called total trihalomethanes — an unintended consequence from all the chlorine the city had to use to kill the E. coli.”

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