More than 8,000 residents of Flint, Michigan were informed in April they may lose their homes if they don't pay their water bills, according to The Washington Post. Michigan just ended the program that was paying most of the city's water bills even though the water flowing through Flint's lead-contaminated pipes has not been declared safe to drink without a filter yet. Flint's water crisis has been linked to a dozen deaths.
The water: Although Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office said the water now meets the standards under the Lead and Copper Rule and Safe Drinking Water Act, residents don't trust the government or their pipes to serve up safe drinking water, and many don't want to pay for the tainted water. As one resident told the Toronto Star:
We just don't want to pay to have ourselves killed.