In attempts to cut spending, Flint, Michigan government officials have caused a water crisis, exposing their residents to high levels of lead-contaminated water. The water serving the city was rerouted from Detroit to the Flint River in April 2014. The contamination could have been averted had city and state officials installed a corrosion inhibitor; however, they decided against it as a cost-savings measure. City and state government officials have received harsh criticism for the manner they have handled the situation, as citizens have been complaining about the water for months. A year and a half later, the governor has declared a state of emergency.
This incident implicates the right to be free from discrimination, the right to health, and the right to water.