Summary: The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is still ongoing, despite beginning in 2014. Water is a precious resource that is too often taken for granted in North America, but as we can see from the crisis in Flint, we should all take the time to ensure that our water is safe for ourselves and our families.

Are you one of the many individuals who takes water for granted? Throughout North America, we have near-constant access to safe water sources, but it is dangerous to take this privilege for granted. Beginning in 2014, Flint, Michigan experienced a water crisis that should teach us all a thing or two about the importance of clean, safe water sources and what can happen when things go awry.

What Happened During the Flint Water Crisis?

Prior to 2014, the main sources of water for the city of Flint, Michigan were Lake Huron and the Detroit River. In a failed attempt to save money, the water crisis began when the drinking water source for the city was changed to the cheaper source of the Flint River, exposing over 100,000 people to lead poisoning. As a result of insufficient water treatment, lead from the pipes delivering water to the city ended up contaminating the entire water supply.

Exposure to lead during childhood has been linked to reduced intellectual functioning and IQ, reduced academic performance and problem-solving skills, and an increased risk of attention deficit disorder, aggression, and hyperactivity. Studies have shown that children with elevated levels of lead in their blood are more likely to commit crimes, be imprisoned, be unemployed/underemployed, or be dependent on government services as adults.

Although the Governor of Michigan re-connected the city to Detroit water in late 2015, a federal state of emergency was declared in Flint by January 2016. At this time, citizens were instructed to use nothing but bottled or filtered water for all of their drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning needs.

Where is Flint Now?

The quality of the water in Flint, Michigan has been deemed acceptable since early 2017, however, residents have been instructed to use only bottled or filtered water until all of the lead pipes have been replaced throughout the city. It was originally determined that this large-scale pipe replacement would be done by 2019, but with January looming, the future of Flint is still unclear.

In April 2018, the State of Michigan announced that the distribution of free bottled water in Flint would end and water distribution centers would close, as water testing had showed low lead levels throughout the city. Water and replacement cartridges would still be made available to residents, at cost. Distribution ultimately continued until the supply ran out. In September 2018, the Mayor’s office reported that a total of 15,031 pipes have been excavated at homes in Flint, including service lines to 7,233 homes that were identified as lead or galvanized which have been replaced.

Test Your Water with AquaKnow

Water is a precious resource that is largely taken for granted in North America. Everyone needs a stable source of clean drinking water in order to survive. AquaKnow can help you determine if your water is safe to drink. At AquaKnow, we are dedicated to assisting our customers in knowing exactly what’s in their water by providing comprehensive water quality testing information and analytical services. We provide fast, reliable and affordable tests for common contaminants.

If you have noticed anything different about your water, you need to test it. If you have a water well, you should test it annually – if not more often.

Contact AquaKnow today by emailing us at or calling 877–734–7661 to order your first test kit. Don’t take any unnecessary chances when we are here to help! Get your drinking water tested and rest assured that your family is safe.