Like the D student that it is, the U.S. government did do something about the Flint Water crisis -- the bare minimum. Tests show that lead levels are back down to regulation levels, but nobody's gotten around to changing the pipes yet, which was one of the causes of the problem in the first place. So everyone in Flint still has to use bottled water and filters like the whole town has a sponsorship deal with Evian. However, Michigan has pledged to spend up to $97 million to fix the water lines. You know. At some point. In the next three years. There's probably going to be a movie about Flint getting safe water before Flint actually gets safe water.
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#FlintWaterCrisis will still be trending when they remake that movie too.
And that's just for the water situation. What about the damage already done to its citizenry? While Michigan has agreed to provide extra funding to health programs for Flint above its federal levels, some of those programs stop in September 2018. Others stop in March 2021. You know what won't stop by 2021? The effects of lead poisoning. There aren't any treatments that can cure the side effects of lead exposure, which include heart, kidney, and nerve damage, reduced fetal growth in pregnant women, and a multitude of cognitive, behavioral, and hearing problems in children. Only medications and continuous treatment can reduce the effects. Apparently, in this America, the government only has money for either healthcare or clean water, not both at the same time. Maybe they can ask UNICEF to lend a hand.