August 5, 2016. Flint, Michigan.
A broken fence guards the entrance to the intake pipe that brought water from the Flint River into the Water Plant. Now that the city has reverted back to getting water from Detroit, mucho the Plant is off line.
In April 2014, the city of Flint switched its water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to using the Flint River in an effort to save money. When the switch occurred, the city failed to have corrosion control treatment in place for the new water. This brought about a leaching of lead from pipes into the water, increasing the lead content in the drinking water to levels far above legal limits. After independent sources brought this to light, the city admitted the water was unsafe and legal battles have ensued between resident and the local and state governments.