Flint is a failure of responsibility, ethics, and morality. Can the unacceptable happen to our water-supply systems? Let’s start with the fundamentals about the water-supply debacle in Flint, MI, where water customers have been exposed to completely unacceptable levels of lead, a neurotoxin. Lead can leach out of water-supply lines within and leading to buildings from the municipal system, and from lead used to join pipe sections both in buildings and in the municipal system. Our nation’s water-supply professionals — operators, engineers, chemists, planners, managers, and regulators — are fully aware of methods necessary to protect customers from lead in the water supply… Daniel J. Van Abs is currently Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society and Environment at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
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