Damage from lead poisoning cannot be reversed.
So why isn't and hasn't there been immediate an immediate resolution to the lead problem in Flint? State problem, local problem not enough voter problem. Continuation of existing conditions and not immediate cessation is incredible.
I agree with Schmidt.
I'll also suggest there's no such thing as an immediate resolution to any problem. Things aren't as simple as that. However, I will say that it's kind of sad watching a Tea Party governor who has railed against the Federal Government asking for Federal help after his policies have gone awry.
This NCBI article below provides much of the background on lead usage in water pipes in the United States. If one were to point a finger at an organization it would be the Lead Industries Association (LIA), who despite numerous reports citing the potential health hazards continued to promote lead pipe installations right up to the early 1980s. With passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986, installation of lead water pipes was finally prohibited nationwide.
Richard Rabin, American Journal of Public Health, The Lead Industry and Lead Water Pipes “A MODEST CAMPAIGN”
Just one more point: There are many older communities with lead water pipes, but for many of them especially with hard water, the chemical reaction of the chemicals in the water formed an insoluble layer on the pipe walls that has mitigated any risk of lead contamination. In the case of Flint, it is the changing of the water supply to the more acidic river water that reversed that chemical balance resulting in the protective insoluble layer being "dissolved" and thus exposing the drinking water to the lead in the pipe walls. Otherwise, the potential problem of lead poisoning would never have been a factor, except perhaps in the early days of the usage in a house or supply line before the insoluble layer formed.
Many of the older homes in Flint date back to the early 1900's as the auto industry was taking off. Lead pipe usage was common back then.
Copper tubing is put together by solder penetrating the connection. Lead is not in or in a safe way . That questions the joints using lead solder. Buzz in the trial lawyer conference room.