Outbreak Of Lead Poisoning In Flint Opens Up History Of Lead Poisoning In Other Areas

Posted: Feb 13 2016, 9:08am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Drinking water scarcity due to lead poisoning in water supply
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It is no longer news that the residents of Flint – a city in southeast central Michigan near Detroit and a former automobile manufacturing center, are having serious problems with lead poisoning which has brought on a severe water crisis in the region, but the truth is that the incident in Flint is opening up a history of lead poisoning in other American states and communities.

The city of Flint originally sourced its water from the Lake Huron but the government switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River, which for a long time has been the dumping ground for toxic industrial wastes generated by automobile companies formerly occupying its banks. The level of lead in the city’s water supply is now out of hand and children now suffer from near lead poisoning – having significant amounts of lead in their blood.

Mother Jones reports that lead poisoning in children could often be disastrous, leading to loss of IQ, hearing loss, behavioral problems, convulsions and even death. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed that “no safe blood lead level in children has been identified,” meaning that no amount of lead in a child’s blood is safe.

President Obama on a recent trip to Michigan revealed that “I know if I was a parent up there, I would be beside myself if my kids’ health could be at risk.” While he may have been referring to Flint, several studies have revealed that children in Baltimore Missouri, Maryland, Ohio, Sebring, Herculaneum, and even Washington are exposed to lead poisoning.

A research states that "18 cities in Pennsylvania and 11 in New Jersey may have an even higher share of children with dangerously elevated levels of lead than does Flint." The CDC says over 500,000 American children have significant amounts of lead in their blood, exposing them to developmental risks and other health problems.

It will take about $1.5 billion to repair and replace the faulty corrosive pipes which contaminated the drinking water in Flint with lead, but towns and communities across the US face the same problem and need to fix their bad water pipes, manage their sewers, and generally update their water supply system.

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