Flint Finally Suspends Water Utility Billing Amid Lead Crisis
On Wednesday the mayor of Flint announced , that the city will stop billing for water as it tries to implement a program which was designed to assist residents who have been exposed to lead poisoning.
In the last week, Michigan's governor approved plan about $30 million to help Flint residents with water bills amid the "man-made disaster," Flint Mayor said in a his statement that the bills are being suspended while the city tries to get that program going.
"Flint residents need and deserve this relief," Weaver said. "I've said from day one, Flint residents should not have to pay for water they can not and are not using.
Residents of the Flint city of more than 99,000 have been told that they not to use unfiltered tap water after a switch of the city's municipal water source to the Flint River exposed them to high levels of lead.
The Environmental Protection Agency has said that the problem of Flint city was exacerbated by local government resistance to warnings.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has called the debacle a failure at every level of government and has vowed to help the city. The city has since switched back to Detroit water but corrupted pipes remain an issue.