Building materials supplier ‘harsh’ to Flint residents: company calls them ‘subhuman’
Flint, Michigan — The owner of a Michigan-based construction company is blaming the city of Flint for a “harsh” treatment of the city’s residents, a company spokesman said Tuesday.
Hospitals have reported a spike in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including two new deaths, and the state health department has identified more than 1,400 cases of the disease in the city.
The city has been dealing with the crisis for months and has been overwhelmed with people who have not been able to get clean water.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced in April that the city would be closing down two public water systems for two weeks to reduce water demand, while officials announced last month that the first water line will be disconnected for a month.
The move prompted outrage and led to a recall of the mayor.
The company that is building the new Flint water plant, Flint-based PEG Industries, has said it will not pay for the city to pay for a new distribution line.
The move to shut down two lines is being made “at the request of the City of Flint,” the company said in a statement.
The announcement comes as Weaver has repeatedly said that the switch to the new line was not necessary, and that she was unaware of the health issues.PEG said Tuesday that it would continue to work with the city, but that it will no longer be paying for water lines that were installed.
“We are confident that the new distribution system will meet the needs of the Flint community and the health and safety of our customers,” the statement said.