Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Water Infrastructure Conference coming to Flint.

As many people familiar with Purple Walrus Press know, I am from Flint. I have lived in Ypsilanti since 2004. Because Flint is my hometown I have been deeply interested in the Flint Water Crisis and have written many articles relating to the issue, as have PWP writers and contributors.

I was surprised to recently learn that Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Governor Rick Snyder will be sharing the same stage in an event in Flint in March. Mayor Weaver and governor Snyder will be speaking at the Water Infrastructure Conference on March 7-9.

According to the Michigan Infrastructure Commission, "The goal of the conference is to highlight water infrastructure issues, share lessons learned from the City of Flint and other cities around the country, and present new technologies and innovations to individuals involved in the operation, maintenance, design, management or administration of aging water works infrastructure."

I feel it is important to point out that as of January 12, 2017 Flint residents were told that they still need to continue using a filter for drinking water. The water crisis is far from over, and there remains much distrust among Flint residents regarding the water issue. This mistrust is completely understandable. How can residents of Flint trust the State when the State didn't bother to tell residents that the water they were drinking and bathing in was poisonous?

The fact that the water in Flint is still not safe is beyond appalling. Having a filter on your water faucet and on the shower head must not be considered the new normal.

On March 9 there will be a Water Infrastructure 101 Workshop that is free and open to the general public. The workshop will be from 1:00 - 4:30pm at the Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint.

See you there

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.
Downtown Flint. Purple Walrus Press photo.

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