This year it looks to be lead. (Sorry but none of the articles below provide much in the way of quantifying the problem; can anyone find any hard figures on how far over the drinking water limits the lead is?)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/s ... 52041.html
See also:The US state of Michigan has declared a state of emergency in the city of Flint after its water supply was poisoned by toxic lead, leading to severe illnesses among its 100,000 residents with children suffering the worst.
Flint's mayor has described the situation as a "man-made disaster" over the past 18 months after the impoverished American city stopped receiving its water supply from the nearby Detroit because of unaffordable price rises in water rates.
Sean Kammer, an assistant to Flint's administrator, told Al Jazeera that the city "is in the process of turning a corner" as its administration seeks funds to revamp its antiquated water infrastructure, which played a major part in the lead poisonings.
The city administration has tried to provide water filters to all of Flint's 30,000 households and potable water to its schools.
After Detroit raised its rates in March, Flint started sourcing its water locally from the Flint River. However, the nature of its water caused the old pipelines to corrode.
The toxic, lead-filled mixture was consumed in most homes, causing severe and irreversible health damage to many children.
David Murray, press secretary for Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder, told Al Jazeera the state administration had been "working closely with the city to focus on health issues affecting children and other city residents, and address water infrastructure challenges".
"The state also has offered more than $10 million in grants and other financial assistance to cover part of the payment for the temporary switch to the Great Lakes Water Authority until Flint's new water source is ready to go online, as well as efforts to improve existing city water infrastructure and purchase water filters for residents," Murray said.
However, residents say the state's efforts came too late and they accuse the administration of ignoring public concerns over the tainted-water crisis since it started.
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015 ... ly-debacle
And:Michigan governor Rick Snyder apologized on Tuesday for the debacle that caused the city of Flint’s water supply to be poisoned by lead, while the top state environment official resigned in light of a report that chiefly placed the blame for the crisis on his department.
The resignation was the latest in the crisis that has consumed the city of 100,000, as local doctors have warned in recent weeks that contaminated drinking water flowing from household taps may have affected more residents than originally thought.
http://jezebel.com/michigan-governor-de ... 1751228863
More at the links.In Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has declared a state of emergency regarding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan where, due to deliberately careless resource management, the number of kids with dangerous levels of lead in their blood doubled in 2015.
Sender’s announcement follows Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s state of emergency declaration: she called the lead poisoning crisis a “manmade disaster” in December. In 2014, Flint changed its water source from Detroit’s mess of a water system to the nearby Flint River to save money. By April, residents began complaining of cloudy, foul-smelling water, but were assured by local authorities that the water was fine. It wasn’t.