Flint Water Crisis

Billboard reads, "Boiling your water does not remove lead."

Flint Finally Has A New Permanent Water Source

The predominantly Black residents of the Michigan city have been without safe water for 1,316 days.

Black woman in black glasses and white shirt and grey patterned vest behind black microphone and stand in front of beige wall

Flint's First Black Female Mayor Faces Recall Election

Karen Weaver on her critics: “You wait for a woman to come and clean things up, and then here you come and want to take it.”

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STUDY: Flint's Water Crisis Led to a Decrease in Fertility and Increase in Fetal Deaths

Researchers believe there was a “substantial” drop in the number of babies born.

Singer Bruno Mars performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

ICYMI: Bruno Mars to Donate $1 Million to Flint Residents

The musician says he wants to help “our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster.”

 Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

Two Flint Whistle Blowers Honored With $250K Prize

Both intend to donate the money to further recovery efforts.

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Did the Flint Water Crisis Increase the City's Infant Mortality Rate?

Current numbers don’t show a huge change, but researchers are keeping their eye on trends.

Saginaw Street in downton is shown on February 7, 2016, in Flint, Michigan, where a lead crisis continues to plague its predominantly Black residents.

New Harvard Analysis Highlights How Media Failed the People of Flint

“There is not much hope for the environmental security of all Americans if the media does not respond to emergencies in a nondiscriminatory way.”

The Flint River is shown in downtown Flint April 20, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The switch to Flint River from the Great Lakes Water Authority ultimately led to the water crisis. Now, officials want the city to stay with the water authority.

Michigan Sues Flint for City's Decision on Drinking Water Contract

The city council decided to extend its current contract short-term instead of going with a 30-year one, as the mayor and state had suggested.


Flint Advisory Board Upholds Tax Liens Against City Residents For Unpaid Water Bills

The state won’t help subsidize the city’s water, but it is allocating $4 million to defend employees who were charged for their involvement in the lead water crisis.

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WATCH: In East Chicago, Residents Can't Drink Their Water or Play Outside

Soil and water contain dangerous levels of lead and arsenic.

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How Can We Prevent the Next Flint?

A new report from WIRED says we don’t have the data necessary to avoid repeating history.

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READ: Will Officials Charged With Flint Water Crimes Really Do Time?

ProPublica takes a look at similar cases around the world and asks if the high-profile charges against government officials will result in prison time.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced charges relation to the investigation into the water crisis on April 20, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. He is leading this investigation and announced new charges today.

Officials Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charges for Flint Water Crisis

“Everyone has to die of something,” said one of the accused.

Dozens of residents from Flint, Michigan, march to the officers of Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to deliver a message in a bottle in Lansing, Michigan, on June 13, 2017.

Flint Residents Deliver 1,000+ Empty Water Bottles to Elected Officials

Each contained a handwritten letter detailing how the water crisis has impacted a city resident.

Black man in grey suit with navy tie and light blue shirt holds orange-and-white cigarette and black microphone in front of red curtain

Dave Chappelle Donates 100% of Flint Show Profits to City Foundation

“I want you to know that just by coming to see me, you supported this city—I’m not taking a dime.”

Yellow fire hydrant with yellow hose and blue top leaks brown water onto green grass in front of brown and white houses with black rails

WATCH: 'NOVA' Tackles the Science Behind Flint's Toxic Water Supply

PBS made NOVA’s “Poisoned Water” available to watch in full online.

Trash bag full of water bottles sits in front of a home.

Flint City Council Votes for Moratorium on Property Liens for Unpaid Water Bills

Council president Kerry Nelson: “Enough is enough. I’ve made up my mind tonight to do what I need to do for the people who elected me.”

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder stands and listens the boos of the crowd when he takes to the stage to speak before former President Barack Obama at Northwest High School about the Flint water contamination crises May 4, 2016, in Flint, Michigan.

Environmental Group Gives Michigan Governor Failing Grade for How He Handled the Flint Water Crisis

It called Governor Rick Snyder’s role in the issue “shameful.”  

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In Flint, Residents Risk Losing Homes If They Don't Pay Their Water Bills

The city has begun issuing tax liens. 

 Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

A Film On the Flint Doctor Who Exposed the Water Crisis

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha didn’t let government officials stop her from seeking justice after finding that her patients’ blood lead levels had dramatically increased.