FLINT, Mich. (WOOD) – A toddler said to be affected by the elevated lead levels in Flint’s municipal water appears on the Jan. 21 cover of “Time” magazine accompanied by the headline “The Poisoning of An American City.”
Sincere Smith, 2, who appears in the “Time” photo essay, has a painful rash covering his whole body – something his mom says is due to bathing in water taken from the Flint River, “Time” Lightbox Editor Olivier Laurent reports.
On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder released his emails relating to the Flint water crisis dating back to 2014, which includes 270 emails in all.
The water issue began in Flint in April 2014 when the city switched to the Flint River for its water supply. The switch was made in order for the city to save money while under the control of a Snyder-appointed emergency financial manager.
As soon as the switch occurred, residents began complaining of the taste, smell and color of the water. It was later discovered that the highly corrosive water from the river was eroding the city’s pipes, which allowed lead to contaminate the water supply.
Tests also showed that children in the city had elevated levels of lead in their blood.
Although the water supply was switched back to Detroit’s system in October 2015, the damaged pipes remained. As a result, tap water continues to be contaminated by lead.
A water drive is being held now through February 11 at all West Michigan ArtVan locations. To find a location or to learn more about the types of water being accepted, go to woodtv.com’s “Water for Flint: How you can help” article.