The State is Failing to Deliver Adequate Access to Drinking Water in Benton Harbor The State is Failing to Deliver Adequate Access to Drinking Water in Benton Harbor - Michigan Rising Action

The State is Failing to Deliver Adequate Access to Drinking Water in Benton Harbor

The State is Failing to Deliver Adequate Access to Drinking Water in Benton Harbor

November 10, 2021

Lansing, Mich., November 10, 2021 – By now, most of the state has heard of the water crisis in Benton Harbor. There have been reports of lines wrapping around city blocks, and in some cases, no state officials from the Whitmer administration showed up to distribution sites at the scheduled times. This week, Benton Harbor residents will have a time frame totaling 21 hours to pick up bottled water for the week. You can view those times here. During the week, that only leaves three hours for Benton Harbor residents working a 9-5 workday to pick up their water for the week used to drink, cook, etc. With such long lines, there is no guarantee that they would even be able to get to the front of the line in such a short time. In terms of providing accessible clean water amid this crisis, Governor Whitmer is falling short.

“This lackadaisical response from Governor Whitmer and her administration is unacceptable,” said Eric Ventimiglia, Executive Director for Michigan Rising Action. Ventimiglia continued, “Providing hardworking families with such limited options during the week to pick up clean drinking water is completely unacceptable, and Michiganders deserve better.”

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