This is the second article discussing the Flint water crisis.  You can read our first article by clicking here.

What Happened After The City Detected Lead in the Water Supply?

As we discussed in our previous article, consumers immediately noticed a foul taste and smell along with a brownish color in the water.  Tests performed on the water showed high toxic levels of lead and lead to an outbreak in Legionnaires’ Disease.  In less than six months, the city of Flint signed a new thirty-year deal with the city of Detroit. Flint agreed to revert to the old water supply.  A year after the switch, residents of Flint, Michigan filed a civil action lawsuit. The suit is against the city of Flint and the state of Michigan.  Additionally, responsible officials faced charges. They faced charges for switching the water supply and not installing anticorrosion methods. Lastly, the city needs to replace the corroded pipes and water infrastructure. This will likely cost billions of dollars.

Can a Flint Water Crisis Happen to Municipal Water in Florida?

Although anything is possible, it is important to understand that what happened in Flint was preventable. Many issues factored into the equation.

  • A lack of environmental protections against pollution.
  • Gross mismanagement and lack of maintenance of infrastructure.
  • Desire to cut financial corners.
  • Gross incompetence by officials.

With that said, the majority of Florida drinking water comes from an underground river called an aquifer.  The pollution that occurred in the Flint River is not likely to find its way into the aquifer at the same levels.  Furthermore, Florida has a great track record on protecting the environment and has many laws and regulations in place that are regularly enforced.  With that said, according to Professor Mary Jane Angelo from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, Florida ranks right behind Texas in the number of residents exposed to unsafe water.  The exposure is primarily a result of aged water pipe corrosion.

How Do I Know if I am at Risk to Contaminated Water?

If you have a private well on your property, you must schedule regular and routine maintenance on the well.  It is also very important to test your water quality at least twice a year.  Please schedule to have one of the certified technicians at American Pump Services come to your property and give you a free estimate.

If you are connected to municipal water, by law, the municipality must make maintenance available to you. You have the right to contact your municipality and request that information.  Whether you have a private well or use the municipal water supply, if you notice a change in taste, smell, and/or color in your water, do not ignore it. Once again, the certified-trained technicians at American Pump Services can come to your home and test your water quality and advise you on a course of action.