In this article, the author gives an overview of what happened in Flint, Michigan a year ago and then goes on to show some highlights from an interview with Laura Sullivan, a mechanical engineer and Flint native. In the interview, Sullivan talks about why the corroded lead pipes haven’t been replaced yet, and touches on a comparison between Flint and underdeveloped countries.
Sullivan says that the pipes haven’t been replaced yet because there are a lot of hoops to jump through now that the government has actually provided the funds for it to be done. The mayor is working diligently to work around them, but it looks like the main problem is in deciding who can be hired for the work.
When asked to compare the situation in Michigan to water issues in underdeveloped countries, Sullivan said that while it should be quite different, the lack of help from the federal government and the amount of widespread poverty due to the situation makes it quite similar unfortunately.
The worst part of this is that it was spread all throughout the news across the nation for such a long time and it was a really huge deal, and then it was never resolved or fixed and still everyone moved on and forgot about it even though people are still suffering there. Obviously, we can’t prioritize every issue in the nation, but I can’t help but feel like something of this scale should still at least seem important to some people.