I’m pretty sure if you look up “adding insult to injury,” you’ll find the qualifier “forcing Flint, Mich., residents to pay full price for water that they cannot safely drink without a filter.”
According to the Washington Post, on Wednesday, state officials are scheduled to end a program that helped pay residents’ bills since it was discovered that gross negligence of state officials allowed the water system in the city to be dangerously contaminated with lead. The state has spent some $41 million in credits to help offset local utility bills since 2014, with residents getting a 65 percent credit each month on their water use.
But no more.
Anna Heaton, a spokesperson for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, said that the credits were coming to an end “because the city’s water meets all federal water quality standards under the Lead and Copper Rule and Safe Drinking Water Act, the same standards as other cities.”