Trump Addressed Flint In His First 100 Days, Obama Waited Until Very Last Year In Office
President Trump’s EPA has awarded a $100 million grant to the Michigan Department of Water Quality in an effort to help the state recover from the water crisis which began in the late 1970’s, growing gradually worse, until finally exploding into a full blown epidemic, contaminating all of the city’s water supply. The ultimate catalyst for the whole deterioration and contamination of Flint’s water supply can be traced back to April 2014, when the city made the move away from Detroit City water, to the local Flint River as their water supply, in an attempted cost-cutting move.
Obama did send around $80 Million to the city for it’s late woes, however he waited until the last waining months of his presidency, whereas Trump is jumping on the issue right away, providing a lot more support, and promising a lot more to come.
The problem was that, over the years, lead had accumulated on the interior surface of the galvanized iron pipes prevalent throughout the infrastructure of the water system. Detroit water was treated with corrosion-control treatments, so there had been no problem. However, after the switch to Flint River water, city of Flint officials neglected to use any such treatment.
According to ScienceDaily.com:
When they switched, officials didn’t use a corrosion-control treatment to maintain the stability of rust layers (containing lead) inside service lines. Within a month of the switch, residents started to report smell and color changes to their water.
The combination of lead pipes with the galvanized iron pipes, along with a lack of any corrosion-control treatments, led to the deluge of undrinkable, lead contaminated, water which beset upon the people of Flint nearly three years ago. And, although former President Obama did little to help the city and its citizens who had voted for him in a landslide two times, President Trump is now cleaning up the mess and granting some very serious aid for the desperate people of Flint.
The money is a part of the WIIN Act which was approved in 2016 as a way for the EPA to supplement a state-federal partnership known as the EPA State Revolving Fund (SRF). With this grant the state will now be able to repair and upgrade its water infrastructure in underserved areas like Flint, Michigan.
“The people of Flint and all Americans deserve a more responsive federal government,” said Scott Pruitt the EPA Administrator. “EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint’s water infrastructure as part of our larger goal of improving America’s water infrastructure.”
Although this is a great first step for the city of Flint, there is still much more to be done. Recent EPA statistic show that the problem in Michigan is only getting worse as lead particulates have increased as much as 260% from March to November of 2016.
Karen Weaver, the Mayor of Flint, along with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder both released statements expressing their gratitude to the EPA for their continued efforts to improve water quality within the state.
“The City of Flint being awarded a grant of this magnitude in such a critical time of need will be a huge benefit.” said Weaver on Friday.
Governor Snyder said “I appreciate the EPA approving this funding to assist with Flint’s recovery,”
The state of Michigan will also have to contribute nearly $250 million as a part of the SRF partnership. This will be a small price to pay to ensure that those living in the state will have safe and clean drinking water for years to come.