ACLU Produces Documentary on Flint's Smelly, Brown Water Problem

June 25, 2015, 2:01 PM by  Allan Lengel


Controversy and water seem to go hand-and-hand these days.

Last year, there was an uproar over water shutoffs in the city of Detroit.

Then there's the sad story of Flint.

The ACLU of Michigan has produced a short, six-minute documentary on the water problem in Flint entitled: HARD TO SWALLOW: Toxic Water Under a Toxic System in Flint.

On its website, the ACLU writes:

And perhaps no Michigan city best exemplifies our worsening water woes more than Flint, the once-thriving auto manufacturing town whose emergency manager severed the city's ties to the Detroit water and sewerage system and ordered that water from the Flint River be pumped into local ' homes and businesses.

Since then, water bills have continued to rise. Residents have complained that the water is not only smelly and brown, but has left some residents physically ill. Yet, despite their cries, city leaders insist that everything is alright. For Flint residents, though, those assurances have gone down about as easily as the water they're being asked to drink.

The project is a collaborative effort between local filmmaker Kate Levy and ACLU investigative reporter Curt Guyette.

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