On March 4th, ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus will travel to Flint, Michigan because of the crisis over lead in the drinking water.
“We will go there to listen, we are not there to make speeches,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) said yesterday to reporters.
A total of twenty members of Congress will be in Flint. On Sunday a group of celebrities are bring attention to the #FlintWaterCrisis while the Oscars are airing.
Butterfield pointed out to reporters that residents in Flint are paying some of the highest rates for water in the U.S.
This week a study of 500 of the largest water systems in the country revealed that “Flint residents paid about $864 a year for water service, nearly double the national average and about three-and-a-half times as much as Detroiters pay” according to a report in USAToday.
The Flint water crisis happened after Flint changed its water source from Detroit Water to the Flint River to save money. The Flint River water contains unacceptably high levels of lead. As a result from decisions from the administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, it is estimated that over 10,000 children have been exposed to lead in their drinking water.