More than 400 licensed plumbers, many of them union-affiliated, from across Michigan and other states volunteered to visit about 800 homes in the city of Flint to make sure residents’ faucets can accommodate water filters being installed to mitigate the city’s ongoing lead-poisoning crisis.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said in an interview with a local news channel: “Health is public safety. And the safety of our people right now is in jeopardy, and I think it’s incumbent upon not only me, but all of the people in this community to get together and help to get this problem resolved.

“It’s a man-made problem,” Pickell continued. “It’s not made by anyone here. These are going to be the people that fix the problem.”

City leaders’ decision to close budget shortfalls by switching to a cheaper water source led to severe health problems among Flint residents, including potential brain damage. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appears to have known about the danger long before it become public knowledge and is under fierce pressure to resign. Many residents are calling for Snyder to be arrested and tried.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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