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Flint Homeowners Face Foreclosure over Unpaid Bills for Poison Water

HeadlineMay 05, 2017
Flint water

Back in the United States, thousands of homeowners in Flint, Michigan, could face foreclosure over unpaid water bills—even though the water from their taps is poisoned with lead. This week, the city sent some 8,000 Flint residents letters warning them they’ll have tax liens placed on their homes if they don’t pay outstanding water bills by May 19. Those who can’t pay by the end of next February could lose their homes. Flint’s water crisis began in 2014, after the unelected, state-appointed emergency manager for the city of Flint changed the source of the drinking water to the Flint River in order to try to save money. The river water corroded Flint’s pipes, causing toxic lead to leach into the city’s drinking water. Officials say Flint’s water is still unsafe to drink without a filter.

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