Category: Drinking Water

Press Event to Celebrate Successful Launch of Flint Youth Water Education and Testing Program for Residents

Posted on July 20, 2018 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2018 Press Event to Celebrate Successful Launch of Flint Youth Water Education and Testing Program for Residents Contact: Latia Leonard Phone: (313) 378-4122 Email: latia@freshwaterfuture.org Flint, Michigan, July 20, 2018 – In partnership with the Flint Development Center, Genesee Country Hispanic Latino Collaborative, Flint Neighborhoods United, and the University of […]

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The Lead and Copper Rule Is Not a Health Based Rule

Posted on April 19, 2018 by

By Elin Betanzo Elin Betanzo is a water quality engineer and founder of Safe Water Engineering LLC. A former Environmental Engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she assists water utilities with Lead and Copper Rule compliance and developing lead service line replacement programs. The Detroit News published an editorial about drinking water quality in […]

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Freshwater Future Condemns Michigan’s Decision to End Free Bottled Water Program for Flint Residents

Posted on April 9, 2018 by

Freshwater Future is disheartened by the State of Michigan’s decision to end state-sponsored bottled water distribution, and we urge the State to reconsider. Take Action Here The city has rapidly replaced 6,200 lead service lines, but local officials say more than 12,000 could remain. As pipes are replaced, dislodged debris can cause dangerous lead-level spikes […]

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Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget Undermines Clean Water

Posted on February 14, 2018 by

The Trump Administration’s proposed budget leaves our nation’s water imperiled. Cutting EPA’s budget would devastate its ability to enforce water pollution laws and regulations, help states clean up polluted water bodies, protect groundwater, restore beaches and coastal areas, oversee compliance with drinking water standards, and provide assistance to water systems. The Trump administration claims to […]

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Clean Water for All

Posted on January 17, 2018 by

Across the Great Lakes states and beyond, organizations are coming together to defend federal laws that protect our water from contamination. Organized in response to the Trump administration’s June 2017 proposal to eliminate key federal protections for U.S waters and the Great Lakes, the Clean Water For All campaign has been working hard to ensure that community […]

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Michigan Proposes Stricter Standard on Lead, Replacing Lead Pipes Statewide

Posted on December 12, 2017 by

Image: From left to right, a lead pipe, a corroded steel pipe, and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate. In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis and an increasing amount of attention being paid to the nation’s degrading infrastructure, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has put forth a proposal to lower the […]

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We Need Your Help — Clean Water Protections Under Threat By Trump EPA

Posted on December 7, 2017 by

The vast majority of Americans—Republicans and Democrats—want the EPA to safeguard the streams that provide us drinking water and the wetlands that filter drinking water, protect communities from floods, and provide habitat for wildlife. Instead of listening to the will of the people, Scott Pruitt and President Trump’s EPA are proposing a plan that would […]

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Michigan Governor Appoints State Official Criminally Charged in Flint Crisis to New Public Health Panel

Posted on November 22, 2017 by

LANSING, MI — On November 20th, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced his appointment of Dr. Eden Wells to lead a new Public Health Advisory Council. Dr. Wells is Michigan’s chief medical executive and one of fifteen current and former government officials facing prosecution for their role in the Flint water crisis. Wells was in court […]

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A Great Lakes Water War: Nestlé, the Great Lakes Compact, and the Future of Freshwater

Posted on September 18, 2017 by

Each day, 4.8 million bottles of water leave Nestlé’s packaging plant in Stanwood, Michigan and  end up neatly stacked one-by-one in gas station coolers across the Midwest. If you’ve sipped from an Ice Mountain-branded bottle in the last decade, you’ve sampled a tiny fraction of the 3.4 billion gallons that’s been pumped from nine wells […]

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