Flint’s former mayor and administrator testified Tuesday that state officials never told them that the water running through their pipes was contaminated with lead, poisoning tens of thousands of residents.
“We relied on the experts to verify that the water would not pose any threat to the community,” Darnell Earley, the city’s former emergency financial administrator, told the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s at its second Congressional hearing on the issue. “The experts failed all of us.”
Earley acknowledged that he knew about bacteria contamination and that the water was rusting newly manufactured parts at a local factory, but experts did not tell him that the city should switch to another water source.
Earley and former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling have both left their posts since the revelation that the city’s drinking water was contaminated for months with undisclosed lead and bacteria.
UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 23: A volunteer walks by cases of bottled water at the St. Mark Baptist Church in Flint, Mich., that serves as a water distribution area, February 23, 2016. The water supply was not properly treated after being switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River and now contains lead and iron. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)