Flint residents face crackdowns for not paying for poisoned water

Meanwhile, three years after the Flint water crisis began, pipes still have not been fixed and water is still considered unsafe to drink.


Residents of Flint, Michigan are in danger of losing their homes if they don’t pay their water bills.

Local news station 25 News reported this week that more than 8,000 people have received notice from the city that they are “at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure if they don’t pay up on their water bills” by May 19:

“After recently putting out shut off notices the city is now back to threatening tax liens on people’s homes.

What gets them on this list is not paying a water bill for six months or more… After May 19, for those who do not pay, a lengthy process begins which could end in foreclosure.”

Meanwhile, three years after the Flint water crisis began, pipes still have not been fixed and water is still considered unsafe to drink.

Residents are still having to purchase filters to reduce the lead in their water. The city believes it will be another three years before all of the city’s lead pipes are replaced.

Despite all of this, in February, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ended a program that reimbursed residents for most of their water costs in the wake of the lead crisis. A month after the program ended the city of Flint began shutting off water service to residents with past due water bills.

Snyder insists that the reason the state decided to end the program was due to the fact that Flint’s water was tested in January and now meets federal guidelines for lead levels. However, according to officials this doesn’t mean that the water is safe to drink, and that will most likely continue to be the case until all of the old lead pipes are replaced.

Several officials have been charged with crimes relating to the Flint water crisis, including two emergency managers who were appointed by Gov. Snyder. Although Snyder claims he didn’t know about the water problems until October 2015, his aides’ emails suggest he was informed of the situation a full year earlier. Snyder has been investigated but not charged with his role in the crisis.

Tell Governor Snyder to stop making Flint residents pay for contaminated water:


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Alexandra Jacobo is a dedicated progressive writer, activist, and mother with a deep-rooted passion for social justice and political engagement. Her journey into political activism began in 2011 at Zuccotti Park, where she supported the Occupy movement by distributing blankets to occupiers, marking the start of her earnest commitment to progressive causes. Driven by a desire to educate and inspire, Alexandra focuses her writing on a range of progressive issues, aiming to foster positive change both domestically and internationally. Her work is characterized by a strong commitment to community empowerment and a belief in the power of informed public action. As a mother, Alexandra brings a unique and personal perspective to her activism, understanding the importance of shaping a better world for future generations. Her writing not only highlights the challenges we face but also champions the potential for collective action to create a more equitable and sustainable world.