Emails show executives at Veolia knew about lead in Flint’s water; didn’t warn the public

Water supply was switched in April 2014.

Executives at Veolia knew that families in Flint might be at risk of being poisoned by lead in their tap water months before the city publicly admitted the problem in 2015, according to internal company emails.

Email exchanges in February 2015 between executives at Veolia, one of the world’s largest utilities companies and a city contractor at the time, show some senior employees were aware that lead from the city’s pipes could be leeching into drinking water. They argued that city officials should be told to change Flint’s water supply to protect residents.

September 2015 was when the public found out.

In its defense, Veolia has said it was only hired by the city to assess bacteria and chlorine compounds in Flint’s water supply, not lead. Nonetheless, Veolia said it warned city officials about the possibility of lead contamination, and that the city resisted discussions of changing its water supply….The report did not disclose the possibility for lead contamination, focusing instead on how corrosion could be causing water discoloration.

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