How the people of Flint, Mich., ended up with contaminated drinking water http://news.yahoo.com/how-the-peopl...th-contaminated-drinking-water-043602916.html As far as I can tell, it was a local/municipal decision, so why it's a problem, or crisis, for the governor, is not clear to me. Maybe I'm wrong, but the state government/administration did not force the Flint government to make a really bad and stupid choice of supplying contaminated water to its citizens. So what's the story here? The mayor Dayne Walling did have the audacity to run for re-election. - despite the lead and whatever chemicals are in it. Apparently there was some disagreement between Flint and DWSD? http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/04/state_gives_flint_ok_t.html The article doesn't explain why Flint felt the need to go elsewhere for water. I worked in a water department, and before a source of water was considered, it was thoroughly tested, and we tested multiple times a day for quality, and probably monthly for detailed chemical analysis at random sites on the system.