[Content Note: Contaminated water.]
"You try to keep going like everything's okay. But…it's not okay. It's not so much that you're like just walking around in fear, but it's always in the back of your mind—what will happen to me in later years that may be a result of the drinking of this water?"—Angie Thornton-George, 48, a resident of Flint, Michigan, who, like many others in town, are "experiencing mental health issues caused by the ongoing water crisis, including stress, anxiety, and fear over what the future holds as they continue to rely on bottled water and filters more than two years after problems first surfaced with the drinking water. A widespread concern for residents throughout the lead-poisoned city is not knowing how they, or their children and grandchildren, may be impacted because of exposure to the contaminated water."
Nothing about this is okay. Nothing. And there are communities all over the country who are experiencing the same thing—or whose residents are unaware that they're slowly being poisoned, but will suffer the same effects all the same. The not knowing only delays the anxiety.