Government failures, not privatization, are to blame for Flint’s water crisis

In Politics by Michael Rae

The city of Flint is still dealing with the awful aftereffects of a water quality crisis that began more than eight years ago. In April of 2014, Michigan officials switched the city’s water source to the Flint River. The highly corrosive water was not properly treated, leading to widespread lead leaching and an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. The results have included numerous deaths and widespread learning disabilities among the city’s children.

In 2021, National Public Radio reported:

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office Thursday announced criminal charges for eight former state officials, including the state’s former Gov. Rick Snyder, along with