By now you have probably read about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In an effort to save money, the city decided to switch their water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint river. The river was poorly regarded by locals as filthy.
This new water source introduced a flow with different characteristics and pH than Lake Huron. Flint's old pipes suddenly started to corrode, and they introduced iron, lead, and other harmful chemicals to the supply.
Children are especially sensitive to these impurities. It can affect their health, growth, social skills, and IQ. Local doctors starting noticing children with strange health problems. Testing revealed children with abnormally high levels of lead.
How You Can Help Flint Michigan
Flint Child and Health Development Fund - A charity dedicated to providing health care services to kids affected by the disaster.
United Way - Donating bottled water to the Flint community.
Catholic Charities of Genesse County - Accepting relief supplies and cash for those affected.