The legislature recently took quick action to help address the current water emergency in Flint and help ensure the health of the city’s residents. Along with an earlier $9 million appropriation to return the city to the Detroit water system, the legislature approved $28 million in immediate state aid to:
- Supply free bottled water, faucet filters, and testing kits for Flint residents;
- Put nine nurses in local schools to monitor student health and well-being;
- Provide better nutrition for students and infants through WIC and in-school nutrition programs;
- Replace fixtures in schools, daycare facilities and nursing homes;
- Provide for an infrastructure study using independent experts;
- Treat any children who have high lead levels in the blood, using diagnostic testing, nurse visits and environmental assessments in the home; and
- Help the city of Flint relieve residents of water bill payments.
The funding will help meet critical needs and recovery efforts as the focus turns to long-term reforms and solutions. The Senate also adopted a resolution to extend the state emergency declaration in Flint until April 14 to continue providing resources to protect public health and safety.