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cnn.com The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan that still continues today. It began in April 2014. When Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River, it created a serious public health danger.


Flint's water crisis happened because state officials made a temporary switch in the water supply and did not properly treat the water with an anti-corrosive agent. That decision caused the harsh water to eat away at the pipes as it traveled to homes. Lead pipes leeched lead into the water, poisoning hundreds.

As Flint, Michigan's water disaster continues, a blueprint to fix the city's lead contamination is being floated by the mayor of the state's capital city. A decade ago, Lansing was able to avoid a toxic tap water disaster in their city by making a decision to initiate a massive lead pipe removal program.

Wolf said, "Flint still doesn't have clean water." In reality, testing in recent months has repeatedly shown that Flint's water meets federal standards. At the same time, the city won't be fully safe until its old pipes are all replaced, which is currently estimated to happen in 2020.

— A contaminated drinking water crisis continues in Flint and it has led to an unprecedented need for help. The situation has been so dire in the Flint Community Schools that only bottled water is used in school buildings for drinking and cooking meals. Drinking fountains remain shut off, and it's unclear when they'll be turned on. Schools, homes, warming centers, soup kitchens and churches are just some places that need clean bottled water or cash donations to purchase water. "When you're living it, you kind of get used to it," said Mike Loll, a school district maintenance supervisor, when asked about being limited to bottled water. "Some people just hearing about this are kind of panicking." Snyder declares emergency as feds probe Flint water Bottled water is at such a premium in Flint because of lead problems in the city's water distribution system. Flint began using water from the Flint River while under a state-appointed emergency manager, leading to a spike in lead levels among Flint children. Lead can cause irreversible brain damage and has been linked to behavioral problems.

How you can help Flint residents during water crisis

Donations of bottled water sought to help homes, schools, churches, soup kitchens, warming centers and other buildings. Cash donations to buy water are also accepted by civic groups.

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Donate to Flint Community Schools: Call the district's finance office at 810-767-6030 about cash donations. 

Bottled water drop-offs can be coordinated by calling
810-760-1310.

Donate to United Way of Genesee County: Visit unitedwaygenesee.org and click on the "GIVE" button. 

There's an option to support the Flint Water Project. Call 810-232-8121 for details. 

A new phase for outreach is investment in services to help residents who have been exposed to contaminated water.
Donate to Catholic Charities of Genesee County: For information on making cash or bottled water donations to aid soup kitchens and warming centers, call 810-785-6911. 

To help Flint community activists who are delivering water:  Call Melissa Mays at 810-423-3435.