Switching from the Detroit water system to the Flint River caused some serious damage of contamination within the City’s water.
100,000 residents began complaining about the taste, smell and appearance of the water which lead to a poor decision to save some money.
Tests later showed the river water lacked proper treatment, causing lead to leach from old pipes. Local children have shown elevated levels of lead in their blood, a condition that can cause permanent brain damage.
The National Guard is boosting its presence in Flint as part of an effort to assist in dealing with the city’s drinking water crisis.
70 guard members will be stationed Monday in Flint, more than double the earlier number in place. Officials say teams visited nearly 5,000 Flint homes Sunday, providing free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and water testing kits.
To improve water testing, the state says residents may drop off samples using official kits at five sites.
On Saturday, President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration.