A Reflection on the Flint Water Crisis by Lou Haveman, Founder
Across the United States everyone has heard of the Flint Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan. This city of 102,000 people is only 90 miles from my home. The water supply is contaminated with lead among other chemicals. There is political conflict between the various health officers representing local officials, state, and even federal regulators. In the meantime, everyone is purchasing their drinking water, most drinking water now comes in one gallon plastic containers. No one has made a comment about the environmental impact of plastic jugs that do not decompose.
A number of people have said to us, “You guys are the water people! Why don’t you bring your water filters to Flint? You market them around the world.” The answer is “Yes, we do. However, our filters are not made to filter out heavy metals, pesticides, anything that is soluble.” The filters we sell remove essentially all pathogens, e-coli, protozoa, cholera, typhoid, and so on. So we have a niche solution that does not work for everything.
I do wonder though whether it would not be wise for all of us to take pro-active preventive action. Every now and again we sell our filters to people who have no intention of ever using the filter…just in case the well fails…the water system becomes contaminated…there is no power and water no longer flows…when it will be up to us to find our own drinking water from a local lake, pond, river, rain water, or melted snow. There is a great deal of comfort in knowing your water is clean and safe to drink. A simple kit is $35.00. Check out our website for more information on our water filtration devices.
One could make a case for taking personal responsibility for our health. It could also be said that we take a more active and personal interest in our political systems and the bureaucracies created for our own protection. Just a thought. Stay tuned for more information on the Flint water crisis. To learn more, read an excerpt online by Edge Effect, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.