Saturday, October 31, 2015
Erin Brockovich Sent Us A Water Expert To Test The Flint River Water
The transcript is from above video clip.
Melissa Mays, "Water You Fighting For?": We started doing more research and we found out in February that there were really high levels of lead.
The EPA maximum is 15 parts per billion. There is one citizen that she had 397 parts-per-billion. We started pushing the testing and telling citizens - get your water tested. Please get your water tested.
More people were popping out with forty parts-per-billion thirty parts-per-million which is not safe.
As we were trying to contact the EPA, we found out that there's actually no safe level for lead exposure. http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/lcr/fs_consumer.cfm
So, they're trying to tell us it's fine. It's only small areas. You guys be fine.
Don't worry about the total trihalomethanes. Don't worry about the e.coli. Don't worry about the lead. It's safe.
On top of all this, soon after the actual switch, our water was brown yellow. Mine was blue and green because of the copper. Just disgusting. The smell either smelled like bleach or it smelled like an old stagnant pond or it smelled like dirt. Just horrible. And they're like it'll be fine. Just run your tap for a few minutes. It will be fine.
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The mayor kept saying, "I drink it everyday. It's perfectly fine."
And so people were getting upset.
Because we're told that you have to pay these ridiculously high rates for water that has such low quality.
We got a hold of Erin Brockovich and she sent a water expert out to help us, Bob Bowcock. He's been in water treatment for thirty years. He said it was a mess. He told them on Valentine's Day, we had a large March, and he told the city that we were out of compliance for the copper rule because they weren't doing the proper testing and we had no corrosion control. Which is unheard of.
So, we were yelling and screaming about this. They told us, "oh, you're just a crazy bunch of moms," no big deal.
We had our water tested and it came back with copper and lead. High copper and lead. I went ahead and had our blood tested and we found out my husband, myself and our three sons all had copper poisoning. So, we started working on the side effects and encouraging everyone to get tested.
Test your water. Test your blood. See a doctor.
Because the damage from lead poisoning is irreversible.
On top of it, its not just lead. We've got copper. We've got tin. We've got aluminum.
All neurotoxins. All extremely dangerous, when you introduce them to hot water.
Consuming them is bad.
But, also showering. Doing your dishes.
I have an environmental physician now and she said even the clothes you wear heavy metals are stored in the fabric and it rubs on your skin or if you sweat in them or your sheets at night you're going to absorb that.
So, it's a constant, it's a constant toxic danger to even be in your own home or in on your own clothes.
So, on top of the extremely high bills, we were buying bottled water.
Just to be able to cook. I we had a documentation come out to the house and it took us 12 bottles of water to make a pot of jambalaya.
So, the cost was ridiculous, especially since we have two puppies, a cat and three very active 11 12 and 17 year old sons that consume a lot of water.
So, there's a lot of people that actually lost their homes. They couldn't afford the water bill so they would put a lien on the property and home be foreclosed upon. So, right now there's a lawsuit for 21,000 people who lost their homes due to their water bills and the lien being placed on them.
Now, that part isn't illegal.
What is illegal is that, in 2011, our mayor raised our rates illegally 35%.
A judge just told them you have to roll back the rates.
You have to do this, this, this and they still haven't done it.
Our bill hasn't gone down and it's actually gone up. We received a bill for one week for one unit and it was a $193.88. For water that we weren't even using except basically to flush the toilet and to bath.