Alana Mattei is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).
In 2014, officials made a choice that haunted the residents of Flint, Michigan for years to come. It’s been almost four years since the water flowing from taps in Flint became unsafe, undrinkable, and the cause of a major public health crisis. At first, this crisis dominated the news cycle, but as of today it has been largely displaced. While the story no longer makes headlines on a daily basis, Americans are reminded occasionally that all, or at least part, of Flint still lacks access to clean drinking water years later. In November of 2017, tap water was still not drinkable for many residents. Although the contaminated Flint River was no longer the city’s water source, water coming from the new clean source still needs to pass through the corroded pipes which leaked lead into the water.