Michigan officials are admitting they have “changed paths” regarding the safety of drinking water in Flint. A state government effort is now underway to address unsafe levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.
Late last week, Genesee County health authorities declared a public health emergency after learning that drinking water in some parts of the city contains several times the levels of lead it should. Lead poses a variety of serious health risks, especially to young people.
Reports say tens of thousands of homes in the city have lead issues.
Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee represents Michigan’s fifth congressional district, which includes the cities of Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. He backs the state plan to improve Flint's water. But, Kildee has asked all parties to adopt more urgency to solve the problem.