On April 25, 2014, the city switched its water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River
One thousand days ago, the city of Flint shut off the tap to the Lake Huron water they had been receiving from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department and began drawing and treating water from the Flint River.
That was April 25, 2014. And it was also the beginning of the Flint water crisis, another tragic chapter in the tumultuous history of Michigan's once-thriving industrial center.
Though Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder touted the efforts made to heal Flint - "we've made progress, but our work is not done," he said Tuesday during his State of the State address in Lansing - city residents are still unable to drink tap water without a filter due to the lead contamination that began when the water supply was switched that day in 2014.
Snyder mentioned Tuesday that more than 600 lead pipes in Flint have been replaced and that "we look forward to working with the city on accelerating the progress of that." There are still thousands of lead pipes to go.
In other words, the struggle is far from over. And there are still plenty of ways you can help.
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Free Press photographer Ryan Garza, who has lived in Flint for most of his life, has spent the entirety of the water crisis capturing and documenting the saga, visiting the homes of residents and joining them at tense hearings during the height of the crisis. He shared his stories and photos, along with a documentary made in collaboration with Free Press executive video producer Brian Kaufman, in December.
A direct link to the 17-minute documentary by Garza and Kaufman. It captures the reality of living in Flint, where residents still can't drink the tap water.
Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer won the 2015 Scripps Howard Walker Stone Award for Opinion Writing and a $10,000 prize for her writing on the Flint water crisis and other Michigan issues.
Former Free Press photographer Regina H. Boone's emotional photo of Sincere Smith, a 2-year-old child in Flint, made the cover of TIME Magazine. This is the story of how that photo came into being.
A look back at the Jan. 30, 2016, editorial written by Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson. "If you look at what has been happening in Flint, long before children were drinking foul water from the faucets in their homes, you’d not be surprised that any measure of wicked reality was headed the city’s way," he wrote.
Last February, the Free Press published an extensive guide for Flint residents with tips on how to keep your family safe from lead, the do's and don'ts of skin rashes, how to get your child tested for lead, how to get medical help and more.