A storm knocked out the water and air conditioning in Florida’s oldest women’s prison this weekend and the headaches have continued ever since. Employees and family members of inmates have come out with stories that women were forced to wash with still toiler bowl water and weren’t getting enough to drink while the damages were being repaired.
While most of us see teenagers selling water bottles as being resourceful, police in Washington D.C. saw a criminal offense. Fortunately, someone else saw the early signs of entrepreneurship and acted on it.
Raymond Bell, the founder and administrator of the HOPE Project, has stepped in to offer jobs to two teenagers who were recently handcuffed for selling water bottles on the National Mall without a license.
Most people would applaud kids for having the motivation to open a lemonade stand; it shows independence and a level of drive. However, switch out the lemonade stand for a couple teens selling water bottles and it’s suddenly a crime.
The good news? A $100 million grant in federal funding is on its way to approval to help the residents of Flint, Mich. The bad news? Thousands of residents could lose their homes because they haven’t been paying for the toxic water that’s running through their pipes.
The Milwaukee County Jail cut off the water supply for two inmates in 2016, even after an inmate died from dehydration just weeks before.
The water in Fling, Mi. still isn’t safe to drink.
Officials made an announcement on Tuesday to declare that the water’s lead and copper content was below the federal limit. But they also warned that it would take at least a year for the water to be safe enough for them to drink from the tap.
Flint, Michigan has been dealing with the repercussions of a contaminated water supply for more than two years, which included lead poisoning and legal ramifications being taken against local politicians. After all of that, you’d think the situation would be resolved to avoid any more bad press or, even worse, health risks. You’d be wrong.
Flint is now dealing with the outbreak of a infectious bacterial disease called Shigellosis, which can lead to abdominal pain, dehydration and high fevers. According to CNN, this disease is most commonly spread when people don’t wash their hands often.
The people of Flint, MI have been understandably distrusting of local government officials’ claims that their tap water was clean enough to drink even with the use of filters. To help sway locals, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been drinking the same filtered water for weeks (even though this hasn’t been enough to keep residents from booing him at a recent press conference). He’s now gotten one of the best cosigns he could’ve asked for.
President Barack Obama announced that he’d be visiting Flint, MI in a letter to an 8-year-old girl commonly known as “Little Miss Flint.” During his visit on Wednesday (May 5), Obama spoke to reporters and drank a glass of Flint’s filtered water to let people know it was safe.
It looks like Flint, Michigan is getting help from nearby celebrities.
Big Sean is an active participant in helping the Flint, Michigan water crisis, as he launched #HealFlintKids on Thursday, January 21, 2016 along with donating $10,000.
On January 16, President Barack Obama placed Michigan in a state of emergency over Flint’s continuous water problems.
The White House released that information on January 17, which was a response to Governor Rick Snyder’s request for help in executing solutions for the town’s lead water emergency.