In April 2014, while under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager who had nearly complete control over all decisions regarding operation of the city, Flint, Michigan, left the Detroit water system and began using the Flint River as its primary source of municipal water. It was a purely money-saving decision that has proved to be a total disaster. There have been severe problems with the city’s water ever since the switch was made. Recently, independent researchers have found high levels of lead in both the water and the city’s children.
In this documentary city officials are asked hard questions about who is responsible for this catastrophic decision and the public health crisis that it led to.