Lead Pipes Leave Benton Harbor Residents Without Water
People living in Benton Harbor, Michigan are under orders not to use tap water.
High levels of lead were found in the water from the city’s old pipes.
Lead was discovered in the drinking water of some homes in 2018.
Now the state says the Benton Harbor has failed six lead tests in the last three years.
Just last month, residents and some activists petitioned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do something about the water.
Now the state is distributing bottled water for the almost 10,000 people who live in Benton Harbor.
The mayor says they want to fix the pipes, but the city just doesn’t have the money.
So far, fewer than 300 of the city’s 6,000 water lines have been replaced.
Benton Harbor just received a check for $5 million to work on replacing more pipes, but the city is requesting more financial aid.