March 2013: The Flint City Council approves joining the Karegnondi Water Authority after an exploration period of several years. The idea is to pipe water in from Lake Huron to mid-Michigan instead of relying on Detroit city water. Flint Emergency Manager Ed Kurtz supports the plan.
April 2014: In an effort to save money, Flint begins drawing its water from the Flint River instead of relying on water from Detroit. The move is considered temporary while the city waits to connect to the new Karegnondi water system. Residents immediately complain about the smell, taste and appearance of the water. They also raise health concerns.
Summer 2014: Three boil-water advisories are issued in 22 days after positive tests for coliform bacteria.
October 2014: A General Motors engine plant stops using Flint water, saying it rusts parts.
Feb. 3: State officials pledge $2 million for the water system.
March 27: Flint officials say water quality has improved and that testing finds it meets all safety standards.
Sept. 24: A group of doctors led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center urges Flint to stop using the Flint River for water after finding high lead levels in the blood of children. State regulators insist the water is safe.
Sept. 29: Gov. Rick Snyder pledges to take action in response to the lead levels. It’s the first acknowledgment by the state that lead is a problem.
Oct. 2: Snyder says the state will spend $1 million to buy water filters and test water in Flint public schools.
Oct. 8: Snyder calls for Flint to go back to using Detroit water.
Oct. 15: The Michigan Legislature and Snyder approve nearly $9.4 million in aid to Flint, including $6 million to help switch its drinking water back to Detroit. The legislation also includes money for water filters, inspections and lab testing.
Oct. 18: Dan Wyant, director of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality, says the state used the wrong standard governing lead in testing for drinking water.
Dec. 29: Snyder accepts the Wyant’s resignation and apologizes for what occurred in Flint.
Jan. 5, 2016: Snyder declares a state of emergency in Flint, the same day federal officials confirm that they are investigating.
Jan. 12: Snyder activates the Michigan National Guard to help distribute bottled water and filters in Flint and asks for federal help.
Jan. 14: Snyder asks President Barack Obama for major disaster declaration and more federal aid.
Jan. 16: Obama signs an emergency declaration and orders federal aid for Flint, but denies the request for a disaster declaration.
Jan. 19: Snyder devotes most of his annual State of the State speech to the emergency, saying he failed Flint residents.
Source: The Associated Press, Crain’s research
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