The Flint Water Crisis
The Flint Water Class Action Legal Team has taken legal action on behalf of Flint, Michigan water users – adults, children, business owners, homeowners, workers, students, and all other victims of Defendants’ unconstitutional and unlawful conduct by filing class-action law suits in state, county, and federal courts in Michigan.
If you were a Flint, Michigan water user since April 2014, when the City of Flint started using Flint River water, please provide us with information at the link below so that we can evaluate your claims:
Flint Water Class Action Litigation
Flint, Michigan continues to face a water crisis disaster of major proportions affecting residents at all levels since 2013-2014, resulting from the City of Flint switching their water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department (sourced from Lake Huron and the Detroit River) to the Flint River. This switch resulted in contaminated drinking water, in part, because corrosive inhibitors were not added to the water; thus, the lead from the city’s aging pipes leached into the water supply and created a public health danger. Although various city officials and residents reported problems with the water supply, citing discoloration and a strange smell and taste, no steps were immediately taken to correct the problem. Instead, government officials said that the water was safe to drink.
In August and September 2014, city officials found E. coli and coliform bacteria forming in water and issued a boil water advisory. Specifically, the warning informed residents that the water contains high levels of trihalomethanes (THMs), byproducts of water-disinfectant chemicals and that over time, these byproducts can cause kidney, liver, and nervous system damage. The advisory further warned that sick and elderly people may be at risk, but the water is otherwise safe to consume. The next month, a Flint General Motors plant stopped using Flint’s water when they noticed rust on some of their engine parts.
In 2016, a series of governmental hearings and investigations commenced. There have been various task force findings, including a 2016 extensive investigation conducted and report issued by the Flint Advisory Task Force, which found, in part, that the “Flint water crisis is a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice.” Also, in 2017, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Commission released the findings of its investigation that revealed, in part, that race and racism played roles in causing the Flint Water Crisis, and that both blacks and whites are victims.
This case is not only about the ongoing issue of getting clean water for people to drink. It’s also about the damage already done – especially to the children. Lead poisoning is known to cause brain damage and neurological problems in young children. These are injuries they will never be able to completely overcome.