Introduction to the Flint Water Crisis
In the News and Elsewhere
Compare the Michigan state government's timeline with two others from NBC and NPR. What are the differences in information/perspective? What kind of bias does each have?
Did Water Kill Children in Woburn? In Bellwether Case, Massachusetts Families Link Contamination With Leukemia, Source: Washington Post Summary: Woburn Water Contamination: 10 miles from the Fenway, Woburn, MA was the center of a water contamination disaster in the 1960's and 70's, caused by industrial waste.
Making Sense of "Day Zero": Slow Catastrophes, Anthropocene Futures, and the Story of Cape Town's Water Crisis, Source: Water (Scholarly Journal Article) Summary: The extraordinary events of Day Zero raised the specter of Mad Max-style water wars. They also led to the development of new forms of solidarity, with water acting as a social leveler. The paper argues that the events in Cape Town open a window onto the future, to the extent that it describes something about what happens when the added stresses of climate change are mapped onto already-contested social and political situations.
Walkerton revisited: how our psychological defenses may influence responses to water crises, Source: Ecology and Society (Scholarly Journal Article) Summary: When the drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario (2000) was contaminated - sending 65 people to the hospital and killing seven people - outrage and recriminations quickly reached the provincial Parliament and Toronto media outlets. Failure to recognize the intrinsic role of emotions in water decisions and policy could undermine efforts to respond to climatic uncertainties, water demands, and extreme events that will intensify and threaten our water security.
India's Water Crisis, New York Times Opinion piece by Meera Subramanian. Summary: To survive the climate emergency, India needs the collective power of small-scale, nature-based efforts.
Websites for Public Reports on Public Water Systems and Wells
How to Find Your Public Water System's Annual Consumer Confidence Report? MS State Department of Health