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What Went Wrong In Flint? Scientists Investigate 'Poisoned Water'

Caitlin Saks
A damaged pipe excavated from a Flint residence. Replacing all of Flint's lead pipes will be a multi-year endeavor.

"Water. Turn on the faucet and it's always there. Without it we perish. But how safe is our tap water?"

Using Flint, Michigan, as a case study, a new documentary focuses in on vulnerabilities in water systems across the U.S. Lead began seeping into the drinking water when the city switched its supply in 2014, causing a massive public health crisis.

Scientists explore the biology of lead poisoning, the chemistry of water, and the potential health consequences of drinking from a tainted water supply, to understand what went wrong in Flint and what it means for the rest of the country.


"Poisoned Water" airs tonight at 8 p.m. on PBS. View your local listing here.

Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.