REUTERS/Rebecca Cook - The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan holds stacks of bottled water in the agency's warehouse that will be distributed to the public, after elevated lead levels were found in the city's water, in Flint, Michigan December 16, 2015.

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Flint’s water crisis highlights need for infrastructure investment and innovation

January 13, 2016, Joseph Kane and Robert Puentes

Flint’s water infrastructure has reached a crisis point, as residents cope with high levels of lead pollution and questions mount over contamination and negligent oversight. Aiming to cut costs in a state of financial emergency almost two years ago, the city began drawing water from the local Flint River rather than continuing to depend on traditional sources linked to Detroit, almost immediately leading to a variety of health and environmental concerns. Although Flint switched back to Detroit water this past fall, the city’s situation remains dire.

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