Michigan Governor Will Drink Flint Water
Politicians have made some strange promises over the years.
Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot. John Edwards once promised to cure diabetes, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. And presidential candidate Herman Cain pledged to veto any bill longer than 3 pages.
Now Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who has been under pressure to resign over the state's poor handling of a lead water crisis in Flint, promised on Monday that he will drink filtered tap water from the city for at least the next 30 days to prove that it’s safe.
Snyder visits Flint about once a week from state capital Lansing -- about 50 miles away -- and water would be delivered to him by other officials after their visits the rest of the time. This appears to be a very high level of statewide organization, which was lacking while the water problem was actually taking hold.
This show of faith on the governor’s part seems to be in response to a sort of constituent double-dare: "Flint residents made it clear that they would like to see me personally drink the water, so today I am fulfilling that request," he said.
But why the filters?
Water experts have said Flint's water is safe to drink as long as residents are using up-to-date filters. More recently they’ve stated that the system will not fully recover until heavy water usage by the water users of Flint results in the flushing out of lead particles from the system.
So the idea is to use all the bad water you can, and good water will probably, possibly, almost-but-not-quite-definitely follow.