On Friday, April 6, the state ended their free bottled water service to the City of Flint due to results of Flint’s water quality testing below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule. The remaining four water distribution centers known as PODS will operate until current supply of state-funded bottles run out.
When this news hit the city and its residents it felt apocalyptic, especially because many of Flint’s residents still rely heavily on bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Cars idled in long lines down several blocks near the remaining POD sites in hopes to receive the remaining cases of bottled water.
Crews worked endlessly loading cases into the backs of cars. Eight cases per car.
It was a madhouse. This is the first time I’ve been involved in Flint’s water crisis that wasn’t in a courtroom. It’s the first time I really got to speak with residents about how the crisis continues to affect them four years later.
Here’s are more of my favorite photos from the month.