A state of emergency was declared in the northern city in January 2016 by the governor and later by President Barack Obama. Problems began when the city started using the Flint River as its water source in April 2014. The drinking water was compromised and a series of problems culminated with lead contamination, which created a serious public health danger. State regulators never required that the river water be treated to make it less corrosive, causing lead from plumbing and pipes to leach into the water supply, according to MLive.com.
Inspired to help those affected by the water crisis in Flint, MI, Saint Leo University’s Gainesville Education Center was “flooded” in recent weeks with donations of bottled water. Read more about their efforts and how you can help too!