Publication Date: May 19, 2020
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The compelling story of the Flint water crisis, as told by Pulitzer Prize finalist Candy J. Cooper and Sibert Medalist Marc Aronson.
In 2014, the residents of Flint, Michigan noticed that their water was a copper hue and smelled and tasted like sulfur. Some began using bottled water, but many of those who didn’t started to experience rashes, hair loss, and a frightening, debilitating illness. Still, city officials claimed water tests were normal. It wasn’t until nearly a year later when Flint resident Lee Ann Walters sent a water sample to the Environmental Protection Agency that the truth came out: the citizens of Flint were being poisoned by their own water supply.
Based on the authors’ original reporting, featuring photographs as well as government documents, Poisoned Water is a riveting look at an alarming story of a government who turned away from its citizens—and the power of those same citizens who rose up to demand action.
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