By Lynn Thorp, Campaigns Director - On Twitter (@LTCWA)
approach to drinking water protection - “Putting Drinking Water First” -
feels light years away from the crisis in Flint, with seemingly nothing
to offer based on what we have learned about the causes of this
situation. Over 100,000 people are unable to use their tap water. Flint
already had high levels of lead-poisoned children. Now those numbers
have doubled. A Legionnaire’s disease outbreak may well be related. All
because officials put the bottom-line first.
Drinking Water First”, exactly what officials didn't do in Flint, is
animated by our belief that we can make smarter choices that will
benefit us while keeping contamination out of our drinking water. It's
focused on the need for 21st century thinking about how we
handle pollution issues in a more integrated fashion. Ultimately, it’s
optimistic thinking about making smart choices.
Unfortunately, we don't always do that.