The tainted water that poisoned an entire generation of children in Flint, MI, was the most expensive water in America.
At $864/year/household, Flint's water rates were nearly double the national average. The price rose to its heights when Flint's corporate manager -- appointed by Republican governor Rick Snyder, who gave the CEO the power to override elected officials -- illegally imposed a new tariff on the city's water bills whose surplus was used to fund the city's other operations.
The data on Flint's water rates comes from The State of Public Water in America, a new study just released by Food and Water Watch.
"It far exceeds what the United Nations designates as affordable for water and sewer service," said Mary Grant, one of the study's authors. The United Nations recommends that water and sewer service shouldn't exceed 3% of a household income. In Flint, the charges totaled about 7%, Grant said.
A Flint lawyer who sued to reduce the rates says they are high in part because city officials and state-appointed emergency managers have tapped water and sewer money for other needs.
"They've been using that money improperly for years to fund the general operations of the city," said Valdemar L. Washington, who has been battling the rate increases in court since 2012. The city's sewer fund had a balance of $36 million in 2006 but was running a $23-million deficit by 2012, Washington said.
The State of Public Water in America [Food and Water Watch]
Flint residents paid America's highest water rates
[John Wisely/Detroit Free Press]
Once I got my green card this year, I was allowed to make the same campaign contributions as any US citizen: $2700 per candidate. But thanks to the three Republican members of the Federal Election Commission, who refused to even allow an agenda item to begin discussions to commence planning for limits on wholly-foreign-owned corporations […]
Robert Morin worked for 50 years as a cataloger at the University of New Hampshire library (he was also a UNH alum); he was thrifty, ate microwave dinners and drove a 1992 Plymouth, and saved $4M, which he gave to the university as an unrestricted gift, and so the university is giving $100K to the […]
In 2014, an Indian company called Aglaya brought a 20-page brochure to ISS World (AKA the Wiretappers’ Ball — the annual trade fair where governments shop for surveillance technology): the brochure laid out the company’s offerings, which ranged from mobile malware for Ios and Android to a unique “Weaponized Information” selection that combined denial-of-service with […]
Evan Kimbrell, founder of the digital agency Sprintkick, recently released a series of online courses that feature some of the best advice we’ve come across. These courses are well worth your time, and will save you from making many typical mistakes down the line if you ever want to start your own business.With this Business […]
Handy is the most convenient solution we’ve found for booking a house cleaning at the last minute, and they do a really great job. It’s as easy as heading to the site, selecting a date and time that works for you and the number of rooms in your home. We’ve even scheduled emergency cleanings as soon as the following day. […]
With all the new amazing games and consoles out there, we still can’t help but have a soft spot for old school staples. From Super Mario to Mortal Kombat, classic games just never get old. Which is why we’re so excited to relive the nostalgia with our newest deal in the Boing Boing Shop: The Complete SNES […]