An agreement between Flint residents and the state of Michigan has been reached regarding the persisting issue of the Flint Water crisis. The issue is to be presented to U.S. District Judge David Lawson who is expected to agree to its terms and oversee its enforcement.
The agreement will require Michigan to give 87 million dollars to the city of Flint so that it may repair 18,000 damaged pipelines by January 1, 2020. It will not require Flint to offer door-to-door water delivery service as many requested, but the free water and filters currently being provided to residents will continue to be a service so long as demand is high.
This agreement has made the best of a bad situation. It was made through the process of mediation between the state of Michigan and those who brought a suit against Michigan, which I find especially nice because it means that the two parties took time out to plan an agreement they each felt was fair. It’s also fortunate that this horrible situation is ending peacefully, since Flint residents have suffered and fought for three years.
Though I’ve only read an abridged version of the agreement, I feel that the deal is almost perfect. The only downside I can find is that it doesn’t seem that Flint is required to fix all of the damaged pipelines because the agreement only mentioned 18,000, indicating to me that there are more.
However, there is a lot of good, including the fact that Medicaid expansion for Flint residents will continue through March 2020 and will cover pregnant women and children under 21 for up to 400% of their poverty level. Additionally, after pipelines that provide water to homes are fixed, the homeowners will receive a year’s supply of water filters for free.