The Water Crisis

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Post By: Molly Hover, Upstream Research Marketing Manager

In recent months, media outlets have been awash with stories about water crises, arguably breaking the conversation open with the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan in early 2015Citizens in Flint were warned of possible contaminants in the water but as early as January 2 were told that it did not present any considerable harm to ingest–except for children and the elderly who were advised to drink purified water. By February, the water had “dangerous” levels of lead and cancer-causing TTHM, causing citizens to protest and, by October of 2015, file a class action lawsuit.

Now, a housing complex in Indiana is said to have a water crisis that “may mirror” that in Flint. According to a CBS News article, the housing development is downwind of an old lead plant that closed in 1985 but still has disastrous affects.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“The West Calumet Housing Complex sits in an area of winding canals, rivers and aging factories about 25 miles south of downtown Chicago across the border in Indiana, and is home to mostly African-American and Hispanic residents. From 1906 to 1985, a plant melting lead and copper in a process called smelting spewed toxic particles into the air that settled into the soil of residential yards throughout the area. The sprawling U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery, Inc. site was among several facilities contributing to the contamination.”

These factors coupled with silence from the city over the dangerous of living in such an area are what has made this situation eerily similar to that of Flint’s. Upstream Research’s mission is to empower individuals and give them better understanding. We are dedicated to showing citizens that where they live, work and play matters and can be improved by actions big and small.

To read the full article about Indiana, click here.

Further water crises: 

A story broke out on Sept 29 in the Daily Pennsylvanian regarding elevated levels of Chromium-6 in the local water supply. This chemical is known to cause skin burns, pnemonia, and stomach cancer. The health goal for its presence in water is .02 parts per billion (ppb)–the level they found was .39 ppb. Full article here

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