Chemistry and the Flint Water Crisis


Virginia Tech researchers helped prove that lead levels were dangerously high in Flint’s tap water, even when government officials denied the problem. We visited the researchers to see how they’re using standard analytical chemistry to try and make water safer.

Want to learn more about the story of lead in water in Flint and around the U.S.? Start with these resources.

How Lead Ended Up In Flint’s Tap Water | C&EN

Flint Water Study Updates

Lead Levels in Water Misrepresented Across U.S.| Washington Post (2004)

Flint Weighs Scope of Harm to Children Caused by Lead | New York Times

Lead taints drinking water in hundreds of schools, day cares across USA | USA Today

Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan

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Music: Deadlines- BHZimmy
Producer/Editor: Noel Waghorn
Writer: Matt Davenport, Ph.D.
Videographer: Sean Parsons
Executive Producer: Noel Waghorn
Scientific consultants: Jeff Parks, Ph.D.

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