By Zoe B. (Grade 3)
When the city of Flint, Michigan switched using water from Lake Huron to using water from the Flint river, problems began. The river water had salt and other particles in it that picked up the lead in the pipes that went to people’s houses. This has been going on for nearly two years. People found out when Virginia Tech sampled the water and found high levels of lead in it. People were getting sick. Children get more affected by lead than adults. They can get brain damage, kidney damage and attention disorder problems. I don’t know whose job it is to clean it up. It’s happening in a kind of poor neighborhood. The city switched the water from Lake Huron to the Flint River to save money. I think the Mayor should get fired, because he was the one who allowed the people to switch it. He said that the water was okay, even when it wasn’t, and he knew that it wasn’t. (editor’s note: Flint has a new Mayor, Karen Weaver, who won election over Dayne Walling).
People in Flint have to wait until the water is clean again. They are using bottled water from Detroit to drink until the pipes are fixed.
What kind of news is this? It is national news.