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After poisoning them with lead, Flint sends its citizens a message: ‘Your water bill is past due’

Although every city collects money from their residents for water, not every city is in a state of emergency because their water is full of lead, like Flint.

The city of Flint, Michigan has sent notices to residents who haven’t recently paid for their water services. Although every city collects money from their residents for water, not every city is in a state of emergency because their water is full of lead, like Flint.

The notice warns residents who have missed payments that their water will soon be cut off by the city. Flint issued notices to 1,800 accounts that have missed payments. More notices will likely be sent soon, as an estimated 60 percent of accounts are now overdue.

“We are applying shutoff notices in a fair and systematic way in which those billed on the first cycle will be issued notices first,” said Finance Director Jody Lundquist. “We do understand that this situation has been out of the ordinary and could be confusing to some of our customers and therefore want to help them as best we can.”

Flint has not been able to issue shutoff notices for several months because of an injunction caused by a pending lawsuit, unrelated to the lead crisis. Flint was accused of unjustly raising the price of its water, and a judge ruled that the city could not cut off services of overdue customers. With the injunction lifted, Flint decided it was time to make people pay for their poisonous water.

Flint attempted to save money and change their water supply from a Detroit source to the Flint River in early 2015. For months, Flint assured residents that although the water tasted and smelled odd,it was fine to use.

In October, Flint admitted that the water was incorrectly tested and contained high levels of lead, causing Flint children to develop lead poisoning. In December, a state of emergency was declared.

Customers who received an overdue notice have ten days to pay before their supply of lead-filled water is cut off. Residents who did not pay their September bills are now looking at having their virtually unusable water cut off first.

Featured image: Michigan governor Rick Snyder (Flickr)

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  1. Michael Lucius Dark

    January 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    SNYDER – NOT FLINT – POISONED THE PEOPLE OF FLINT. GOT IT?

  2. falstaff36

    January 14, 2016 at 12:28 am

    This is why every last Rethuglican in the Michigan state house, from Snyder on down, needs to be IMMEDIATELY shot dead.

  3. butch

    January 14, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Flints is uaw bought and paid for last I knew they don’t vote republican. It sounds like something hillary would do

  4. Robert Kriegar

    January 14, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Wowww. Hits too close to home, huh?

  5. Robert Kriegar

    January 14, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Michael Lucius Dark
    FLINT – POISONED THE PEOPLE OF FLINT. GOT IT?

    THEY WERE ENTIRELY COMPLICIT WITH SNIDER IN THE DECISION MAKING

  6. Justin

    January 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Flint’s legislature had no power because they were under Snyder’s Emergency Management. They had to go along with whatever the Emergency Management team proposed because their power supersedes that of the local government.

    So no, Flint did not poison the people of Flint. Snyder’s administration did.

  7. Matt

    January 14, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Calling Erin Brockovich.

  8. Susan Holmes Weber

    January 14, 2016 at 8:13 am

    You obviously don’t know anything about this story. The GOP governer runs the town and has appointed supervisors to control the mayor and city councel who has virtually no power. That is why this falls on the state’s republican Governor and his minion’s shoulders. Do your homework.

  9. Matt

    January 14, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Obviously, the Gov. Should suspend billing and shut offs indefinitely. He should be having everyone exposed to this water medically tested. EVERYONE. He can’t run and hide from this. The more he drags his feet the worse this will get.

  10. Al Newman

    January 14, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Let me see if I’ve got this correct. I should pay for the privilege of being poisoned or you’ll cut off my poison. Well, how about this: go ahead and stop the poison. If I am to be poisoned, let me spend the money I save on the water bill to subsidize a meth lab. At least I’ll get a better bang for my buck. Oh yeah, and because my toilet is no longer functional, I will happily fertilize the Governor’s residence for free.

  11. John

    January 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Nice try at a deflection. Hillary didn’t do it. Your right wing tea bagger governor did and should pay with jail time

  12. Michigan GOP

    January 14, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Obviously, the deadbeat poor’s should pay their bill and shut up. OK- sorry about the poison. We’ll give you a coupon for a free cone at DQ if you agree to never speak about it again.

  13. docandraider

    January 14, 2016 at 10:23 am

    And Flint has had OVER A YEAR TO STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT. Gosh, is that not enough time for ya???

  14. docandraider

    January 14, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Nice try, babbu. Pity it was such a fail.

  15. Republican Party Of Michigan

    January 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

    The real truth is that lead is a necessary nutrient. We should be charging you for the extra lead, in fact, I think we will do so. You’re getting free stuff, and that’s one thing we as Conservative Republicans must put a stop to. Or, at least charge you for it.
    Get The Lead In!
    Lead, Follow or Get Lead!
    Love It Or Lead It!
    Better Lead than Dead!

  16. Martha Dennis

    January 14, 2016 at 11:15 am

    How much you know. Snyder. Snyder.

  17. Martha Dennis

    January 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

    That is typical teabag pretzel logic.
    In due time SNYDER will answer.

  18. Martha Dennis

    January 14, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Best to turn it off. Do not drink, bathe or use this poison to clean anything with.

    Next time Snidely Whiplash swishes through Flint give him the bucket challenge.

  19. Tammy

    January 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I’m so sick of ignorant comments like this one. Who gives a damn what party did this? The fact is that a governor overrode the votes and wishes of he constituents and appointed an emergency manager that has more power than ANY elected official under the governor. He changed the water supply, went by faulty water tests and poisoned the people he was sworn to protect! He needs to go to jail and the people need to be compensated! Stop playing the party game and start thinking about the country instead. Nothing is getting done because of people like you. Stop acting like a petulant child that didn’t get his way and act like an adult that realizes that a democracy requires compromise to succeed. We can’t all get everything we want, but we can all get some of what we want if we work together instead of playing games with people’s lives.

  20. AmusedCanadian

    January 14, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Dear God….you have no idea how much laughing us Canadians do at you Americans…with yur unusual trials a tribulations down there.
    Especially Trump leaning people…
    Please….keep up the good work to keep us amused…lol
    Ohhh…BTW, what’s wrong with the water from Lake Michigan…too far away…
    Or have your Republican jewish Nestle CEOs already bought it all up….

  21. warriorhawkwolf

    January 14, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Erin already came to Flint to investigate this mess.

  22. warriorhawkwolf

    January 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Well Flint was building a pipeline east to Port Huron to suck off Lake Huron.
    I know, sounds crude, but I moved from Flint 18 months ago, lived in the same house over 42 years and the water was unsafe long before the lead incident. The water was yellow-brown in color 6-8 years ago. I walked away from my house as you cannot sell any housing in Flint. I have well water now and YOU CAN DRINK IT AND IT IS SAFE. Had my well tested.

  23. CarolO

    January 15, 2016 at 8:36 am

    This mess was all avoidable if the state would have paid the $100 per day to sanitize this water. Because they did not, now it will cost 1.5 Billion that we will all have to pay for and that does not include dozens of lawsuits from parents with sick kids.

  24. CarolO

    January 15, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Water in Florida is yellow-brown in many area’s a water filters take care of the problem. But yellow-brown is far different than water loaded with lead.

  25. hgfddd

    January 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Agreed…but lets say:
    put in prison for the rest of their lives. Don’t advocate murder.

  26. Richard

    January 15, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Hi
    in Denmark ” Snyder” means a cheater. So he is named, what he is,.:-D

  27. Darryl Sexton

    January 15, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Very well put!!!

  28. Shaun Blasier (@SaltyShaun)

    January 16, 2016 at 12:42 am

    “…want to help them as best we can.” Ummm. smh

  29. Jcg

    January 16, 2016 at 7:08 am

    No, Flint couldn’t do anything f because they have been under dictatorship of an Emergency Manager, who created this disaster.

  30. Joshua

    January 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Tammy, you hit the nail right on the head. Everyone goes straight to the party line. It’s like a bunch of children arguing over who’s daddy is stronger. Time to dump the top two parties and fight for Americans and humanity, instead of just blaming another party.

    @josh4america

  31. Tom

    January 16, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Had Flint residents just told the conservative republican governor that pregnant women were drinking the polluted water to induce abortions, it would have been fixed immediately!

  32. docandraider

    January 17, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Only to a point, my friend. After a while — and it has been a very, very long while since this started — you suck it up and confront the people causing this. Otherwide, you’re just part of the problem. The Mayor of Flint may not have caused this, but now he’s complicit, and the very fact that the town is now sending out water bills to people with poisoned water indicates either an utter denial at what’s happening or a complete disregard for it. Your choice, but you cannot give him a bye on this, sorry.

  33. George Neill

    January 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Is there no understanding that the water people are paying for is actually clean and healthy to drink? If not, I doubt any court would convict those not paying for poisoned water.

  34. Natalie

    January 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    How on Earth can they charge them for water since what was coming out of their taps wasn’t water??? I’d file a lawsuit charging them with fraud: They sold me water and delivered a lead based sludge instead!

  35. Dennis

    January 19, 2016 at 12:08 am

    guns and firearms distributing lead would’ve been to obvious.

  36. pearlie allen (@Pallen2202Allen)

    January 19, 2016 at 8:09 am

    FLINT MICHIGAN needs to reimburse all the money back to all their customers who have received their polluted water, with damages to their pipes and children. No one should have to pay for poison water. GIVE US OUR MONEY BACK, WITH INTEREST. FIX OUR PIPES AND TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE YOU HAVE INJURED THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. FLINT MICHIGAN, GOVERNOR SNIDER AND EVER ONE WHO POLLUTED OUR CITY NEED TO BE PROSECUTED. YOU OWE US FOR TAKING PEOPLE LIVES, AND POLLUTING OUR CITY. We dont owe The water department anything .YOU ALL ALL YOUR CUSTOMERS FOR SELLING THEM POLLUTED WATER.

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