FLINT (WJRT) - (03/10/17) - Dr. Marc Edwards is the Virginia Tech professor credited with helping expose the Flint Water Crisis. He and a group from the university spent the week talking with students in the Flint Community Schools.
"Is the water safe, is it not, can I take a bath or shower?" Edwards said. "Everyone is confused and everyone is rightly afraid of their water, you can't blame them for that. So, restoring the trust and getting the correct information out there, that's going to be a battle and that's part of what we are trying to accomplish by going into the schools."
Edwards says according to his research, things are moving in a positive direction.
"I think the public health crisis is now behind us and Flint's water is now in the range of other U.S. cities. Flint's gotten a lot of relief that can really help it get back on its feet. The health care, the nutrition, the childhood program that we are seeing, also the infrastructure money. It's kind of an amazing success story what's happened in Flint," he said.
A success story born out of a crisis that left children exposed to high levels of lead and a community without safe, drinkable tap water.
"You can't have civilization unless you have a functioning drinking water bringing clean water into your house and dirty water out,” Edwards said. “We have seen how horrible this is first hand and we don't want to see this repeated in any other city in the United States."
Edwards says the possibility is very real that another U.S. city could face a similar crisis.
"I hope that some of the lessons we learn in Flint, in terms of how to fix an infrastructure crisis, can be used to help us in many, many other cities. There is literally hundreds of thousands of cities who are in your shoes, who in 10 years from now are going to look to you for guidance on how to get out of this mess," he said.