The Flint Water Crisis Has A Wellness Design Component

You probably know the rough outlines of this debacle: “Officials in Flint, Michigan, were looking for a cheaper source of water when they stopped piping in water from the city of Detroit in 2014 and switched to using the Flint River. But the money-saving move proved disastrous for residents. The water was laden with lead, bacteria and other contaminants, and it took the government more than a year to address the water crisis.” This is how, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Orlando, describes the origin story of a man-made disaster that impacted many of the 98,565 residents of this midwestern city six years ago. (Today, there are 94,867 residents.)

Local Impacts

“The City of Flint and its residents have endured a lot of health issues and heartbreaking times,” observes Mark Eneix, third generation resident and owner of Glendale Construction and Glendale Realty, founded by his grandfather in 1922. “We have had multi-family rental housing in Flint since the early 1960s and still do today.”

Eneix says his firm’s properties were less impacted than many others in the area as they addressed the water situation early on. “The tenants were supplied with water filtration for drinking water and bottled water was supplied at various locations throughout the city. We did not run into any issues with the supplied filtration systems hooking up to our existing faucets, although we heard that some residents were not as lucky.” He heard correctly, though affected residents will

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