Michigan Shows The Challenge Of Replacing Lead Pipes : NPR

 Michigan Shows The Challenge Of Replacing Lead Pipes : NPR

Harold Harrington is a master plumber and is among the tens of thousands of residents of Flint, Mich., whose contaminated drinking water cast a spotlight on a threat faced by communities across the United States.

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Harold Harrington is a master plumber and is among the tens of thousands of residents of Flint, Mich., whose contaminated drinking water cast a spotlight on a threat faced by communities across the United States.

Cydni Elledge for NPR

Harold Harrington is a master plumber. Fixing people’s pipes is what he does. But it was something he found in his own home in Flint, Mich., that disturbed him.

“This came out of my house,” Harrington says as he holds a small piece of pipe. “This piece of galvanized was in my basement. It fed my upstairs faucet and this is out of my upstairs bathroom. … It’s full of lead.”

Harrington is among the tens of thousands of residents of Flint whose contaminated drinking water cast a spotlight on a threat faced by communities across the United States.

Pallets of bottled water await distribution in a warehouse in Flint, Mich., in 2016. The warehouse was the emergency water supply for residents affected by the lead crisis that began in 2014.

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