$170 Million In Funds For Flint Water Crisis Approved

(via CNBC)

The citizens of Flint, Michigan has undergone a major water crisis for some time now. The residents have not had clean water, and have been exposed to extreme amounts of lead, which could have unknown long term effects.

It’s pretty sad how long U.S. citizens had to wait to even get officials to look into the possibility of starting the process of reestablishing a source of clean water for people living in the area. The U.S. Senate has finally approved the necessary funds by passing the Water Resources Development Act 95-3 in order to start the process.

Of course, there’s no telling how long it will take for them to actually get the living conditions back normal. Furthermore, what about the health of those exposed? Will there be compensation? Will they get medical evaluations to determine their state of health? After all, these are people, citizens of this country, who were basically put in nearly third world conditions for an extended period of time.

Well according to reports, “The bill sets aside $100 million to fix the broken water system that has left Flint in crisis $50 million for healthcare for children who suffered lead poisoning and $20 million to forgive Flint’s old drinking water loans. $70 million will also go to activate a $1 billion fund for low-interest loans to finance upgrades to water infrastructure.”

So it seems some compensation will be given, but is it enough?

Guess we will see how the rest of the story unfolds within the coming months.