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The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy, by Anna Clark
The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by
Call Number: 363.6 Cla
Publication Date: 2018-07-10
When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins.
Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched the city’s water supply to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint, mostly poor and African American, were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives.
It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died and Flint’s children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun.
The Poisoned City recounts the story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. AVAILABLE: WSA Library, Kitsap Regional Library, Port Townsend Library
The Big Thirst The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, by Charles Fishman
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by
Call Number: 333.91 Fis
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
The Water coming out of your kitchen tap is four billion years old and might well have been sipped by a Tyrannosaurus rex. Rather than only three states of water---liquid, ice, and vapor---there is a fourth, "molecular water," fused into rock 400 miles deep in the Earth, and that's where most of the planet's water is found. Unlike most precious resources, water cannot be used up; it can always be made clean enough again to drink---indeed, water can be made so clean that it's toxic. Water is the most vital substance in our lives but also more amazing and mysterious than we appreciate. Water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, yet we take it completely for granted. But the era of easy water is over.
We love water—but at the moment, we don’t appreciate it or respect it. Just as we’ve begun to reimagine our relationship to food, a change that is driving the growth of the organic and local food movements, we must also rethink how we approach and use water. The good news is that we can. A host of advances are under way, from the simplicity of harvesting rainwater to the brilliant innovations devised by companies such as IBM, GE, and Royal Caribbean that are making impressive breakthroughs in water productivity. Knowing what to do is not the problem. Ultimately, the hardest part is changing our water consciousness. AVAILABLE: WSA Library, Kitsap Regional Library, and Port Townsend Library