Many words have been spilled about the situation in Flint, MI. There are rumors and misinformation and for a minute we were even on the national stage. But the nation moved on, and we are still here. We still use water bottles for cooking and drinking. My children know not to drink the bathwater.
There was excitement in the neighborhood as water pipes were being replaced. Home after home had their old galvanized lines dug up and replaced with copper. No more leeching of lead from the street to the home. This is a good thing, and I don’t know how much of the city has been replaced. What I do know is this. All my neighbors had their lines replaced. After talking to neighbors, it seems only two houses were skipped. One of those houses was ours. We don’t know why. We have called both the contractors and the city, and all we are told is that we are not on the list. And as of yet, there has been no information given as to how we can change this.
We remain committed to living in our beloved city. And though there may be unique challenges to living here, we believe it is worth it. The Alaniz Family is still for Flint. We are still telling friends and family that this is a city worth living in and investing in. This is a city on the edge of a comeback. And I love being a force for good on that journey.