Residents of Flint, Michigan got a glimmer of hope this week. Congress finally reached a bipartisan agreement on a massive waterways bill that would authorize $170 million in aid for the struggling municipality, and as much as $220 million for communities all around the country facing drinking water emergencies.
“It addresses public health by tackling lead contamination and helping communities, like Flint, provide safe drinking water, and encouraging cost-saving innovative drinking water technologies,” said Republican leaders from the House Transportation and Infrastructure, Senate Environment and Public Works, House Natural Resources and House Energy and Commerce committees.
Flint residents have been suffering from lead contaminated drinking water since April of 2014, when it was first discovered that the pipes that supplied water were corroded, leading to lead-filled water. Thousands of households still rely on bottled water today. Just this past month, a District Court judge ordered that unless the city could verify …