The Flint water crisis confirms that US drinking water needs improved risk management

Events in the US, such as the exposure of over 100,000 people to high levels of lead in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, leave no doubt that improvements to drinking water risk management are needed in the US. We argue that US utilities should adopt a systematic preventive risk management approach, such as Water Safety Plans, that promote a preventive, rather than reactive, organizational culture. For preventive risk management approaches to be implemented, leadership from utilities, greater engagement of public health officials, and national-level guidelines and tools are required. However, is it not clear who will exercise the much-needed leadership to better protect the health and well-being of US residents.

The Flint water crisis confirms that US drinking water needs improved risk management. Rachel Baum, Jamie Bartram, and Steve Hrudey. 2016. Environmental Science & Technology 50(11): 5436-5437. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02238.