Elon Musk speaking in Chicago. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Elon Musk has promised to fund fixes to the water supplies of homes in Flint, Michigan "that has water contamination above FDA levels" amid the city's struggle to work its way out of an economic depression and find clean water sources for its citizens.

The backdrop: Flint's water supply was contaminated with lead in 2014, when officials changed the city's water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in a cost-saving measure. The water from the new source was not treated properly, and ate into lead-containing pipes, causing the contamination.

Threat level: Lead is highly toxic and can affect the heart, kidneys and nervous system. Children are especially at risk since lead exposure can impair cognition and cause disorders that can last a lifetime.

Though the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates the water contamination levels (as opposed to the FDA as Musk mentioned,) announced last month, the city "currently meets regulatory criteria for lead and copper" in its water, city residents and homeowners say it remains undrinkable and thus unsafe.

Go deeper

Americans reflect on Independence Day amid racism reckoning

A Black Lives Matter banner and a United States flag on the facade of the U.S. embassy building in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

America's leaders are rethinking how they view Independence Day, as the country reckons with the historic, unequal treatment of people of color during a pandemic which has disproportionately affected nonwhite Americans.

Why it matters: The country’s legacy of racism has come into sharp focus in the weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. From Confederate statues to Mount Rushmore, Americans are reexamining the symbols and traditions they elevate and the history behind them.

Updated 15 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 11,031,905 — Total deaths: 523,777 — Total recoveries — 5,834,337Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 2,788,395 — Total deaths: 129,306 — Total recoveries: 790,404 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  5. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.
18 hours ago - Sports

Washington Redskins to review team name amid public pressure

Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins have announced they will be conducting a review of the team's name after mounting pressure from the public and corporate sponsors.

Why it matters: This review is the first formal step the Redskins are taking since the debate surrounding the name first began. It comes after weeks of discussions between the team and the NFL, the team said.