Michigan state officials announced Thursday that Flint residents will not be charged for their water usage in May as part of an effort to help flush the system, but the long-term picture for the lead-poisoned city is far less rosy, according to a new report.
In fact, the Michigan Department of Treasury analysis presented Friday shows that water rates in Flint, already among the highest in the nation, could double within five years unless changes are made to the crumbling water system.
The Detroit News reports:
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The response on social media was a mix of incredulity and dismay, as observers processed what one reporter characterized as “more bad news for Flint.”
Earlier this year, a Food & Water Watch report showed that Flint’s water was the most expensive among 500 systems surveyed nationwide.
“It’s completely insane for people to be paying so much who are getting frankly so little,” said Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP, at the time.