The American Civil Liberties Union and some Flint residents are asking the federal government to step in to deal with the city’s water crisis.
A complaint filed with the Environmental Protection Agency seeks an order for the city and the state to stop drawing water from the Flint River and re-connect with the Detroit water system.
The switch was ordered by a state-appointed emergency manager to save money. But the Flint River’s water is highly corrosive, and caused lead to leach into the city’s drinking water.
“There is no level of lead in water that is safe and it’s having a devastating impact on the children in the city of Flint,” said Michael Steinberg, an attorney with the ACLU. “In an attempt to save money, the emergency manager in Flint, acting in collusion with the state, provided unsafe drinking water to the residents of Flint, and the results have been catastrophic.”
State and city officials are expected to outline the next plans to deal with the city’s water crisis as soon as tomorrow.