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Flint Braces For Worst as Michigan Shuts Down Free Bottled Water Sites

According to NBC, the state of Michigan will stop providing free bottled water to Flint residents. The state government wants to close this book on this public tragedy crisis, but residents remain wary of their water’s safety.

The Flint toxic water crisis has fallen out of the headlines and as a result donations of bottled water are also drying up. The state decided to close the bottled water stations after local water tested below the federal lead and copper limits for two consecutive years. 

Gov. Rick Snyder pointed out that state taxpayers have already footed a $350 million bill for the water crisis and the federal government has chipped in another $100 million. "We have worked diligently to restore the water quality and the scientific data now proves the water system is stable and the need for bottled water has ended."

Many of Flint’s 100,000 residents remain unconvinced. For 18 months, Flint’s water was heavily contaminated with lead after city officials switched from lake to river water. The river water was not treated properly and resulted in lead leaching from water pipes into the potable water supply. Last year, Flint won a $97 million settlement to have the waterlines for 18,000 homes replaced. As of Friday, 6,200 have had their pipes updated. 

Manslaughter charges were leveled last year against the state’s highest ranking medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, and five current and former government employees have also been charged. Wells was said to have threatened to cut off funding to the Flint Area Community Health and Environmental Partnership for their efforts to locate the source of a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak that claimed at least a dozen lives. Wells was also charged with lying to police and obstruction of justice. 

There may be no more state subsidized bottled water, but Michigan will continue to provide water filters, testing kits and cartridges to homes waiting to have their water lines replaced.  Another deal was recently struck to provide $4.1 million to help screen Flint children for special education needs. 

The Flint crisis unmasked an unpleasant truth. The “potable” water provided by many municipalities is something you should never drink. The scandal also revealed contaminated drinking water to be a nationwide and systemic problem. A lifetime of health damage was done to the residents of Flint and it is important that residents of this beleaguered city are not forgotten.

The water crisis in Flint raises serious questions about what is in our drinking water, and what dangerous contaminants that end up inadvertently in the water supply can at least be addressed. The more troubling issue is that a potent and harmful pharmaceutical drug is intentionally added to our tap water.

Fluoride is an endocrine-disrupting, neurotoxic and bone-weakening substance that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines as a drug when used to prevent disease, because unlike the minerals we need (e.g., calcium), humans have no known physiological requirement for fluoride.

Filtering your household water is no longer optional. Water pollution is a significant problem. Your drinking water may be contaminated with gender-bending pharmaceutical drugs, agricultural runoff, industrial waste and heavy metals released by deteriorating infrastructure. There is also the issue of the toxic chemicals used during water treatment.

The obvious solution is to filter all the water that comes into the house, and then filtering it again at the kitchen sink and shower. An even more healthful solution is to consume living water. Energized water can recharge your mitochondria, and deep springs are one excellent source. You can also promote structured water through vortexing or cooling it to 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Reverting tap water back into a vitality boosting element can provide enormous health benefits.
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