Detroit Public Schools to Shut Off All Drinking Water After Tests Show Elevated Lead, Copper Levels

While Michigan residents continue to get the short end of the stick when it comes to clean water, it is unclear just how much bottled-water manufacturers, such as Nestle, profit from lead and other toxic contamination that forces residents, and now schools, to purchase great stores of their water.

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DETROIT -- Nearly 50,000 students headed back to school in Detroit, Michigan will be greeted by bottled water this year in lieu of traditional drinking fountains and water faucets, after tests showed elevated levels of lead and copper in the water. According to a statement made on Wednesday, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD)

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Nestlé to Take 200 Million Gallons of Water per Year from Michigan Town, Pay State $200

Michigan’s approval of Nestlé’s new permit was not just done in spite of opposition from residents, it was a complete rejection of the authority of local governments to govern the use of their own resources.

Members of the Michigan National Guard load Nestle owned Ice Mountain bottled water at a fire station, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

FLINT, MICHIGAN – Despite the outrage from residents, Nestlé -- the world’s largest food and beverage company -- has just been granted the right by the state of Michigan to vastly expand its Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water plant in the town of Stanwood, allowing the company to increase the amount of water it pumps from the town’s aquifer from 250

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In Flint Water Crisis, Will Manslaughter Charges Actually Lead To Prison Time?

Prosecutors will try to prove five Michigan officials were responsible for a Legionnaires’ death because they knew about the problem, but failed to warn the public. Similar cases of environmental disasters have not resulted in convictions, but there are reasons Flint could break the mold.

Drinking fountains are marked "Do Not Drink Until Further Notice" at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich. . (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Last week, Michigan's top prosecutor announced that five officials, including the state's Health Department head Nick Lyon, will face charges of involuntary manslaughter for a death resulting from the Flint water crisis. It's a move virtually unheard of in modern American history; legal experts couldn't point to a single case in which government

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Flint Residents Struggle To Have Voices Heard As Crisis Continues & Media Moves On

“We are not going to stop until we see justice for Flint, but we hope to be a good example for all other cities fighting this same uphill battle.” This Michigan city is still struggling with lead-contaminated water, a struggle that reflects a hidden lead crisis brewing in cities nationwide.

Flint resident and founder of Water You Waiting For, Melissa Mays.

FLINT -- For nearly three years, the residents of Flint, Michigan, a city located just 70 miles north of Detroit, have had contaminated water running through their pipes, poisoned by lead and other dangerous metals. The crisis began when local authorities decided to switch the city’s main water source in April 2014, choosing to pull water from the

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City Of Flint Threatens Residents With Home Liens Over Unpaid Bills For Undrinkable Water

‘I got scared, for probably the first time since this all started this actually scared me,’ local resident says of tax lien notice.

Pastor David Bullock holds up a bottle of Flint water as Michigan State Police hold a barrier to keep protestors out of the Romney Building, where Gov. Rick Snyder's office resides on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Lansing, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

The city of Flint, where the pipes have still not been fixed and the water crisis is ongoing, is threatening to place tax liens on people's homes for non-payment of water bills, according to a local news source. NBC affiliate 25News reported Tuesday that more than 8,000 people have received notice from the city that they are "at risk of losing

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Commission Finds ‘Systemic Racism’ At Root Of Flint Water Crisis

Would the Flint water crisis have been allowed to happen in Birmingham, Ann Arbor or East Grand Rapids?

Pastor David Bullock holds up a bottle of Flint water as Michigan State Police hold a barrier to keep protestors out of the Romney Building, where Gov. Rick Snyder's office resides on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Lansing, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

FLINT, Mich. — "Systemic racism" going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights Commission report issued Friday. The report says the commission did not unearth any civil rights law violations and that nobody "intended to poison

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