Multiple families in Flint, Michigan filed a lawsuit this week seeking financial recompense from the government and several private companies after they had discovered drinking water supplied by the city had been contaminated by lead.
The lawsuit, the tenth filed since the crisis was discovered last year in the city of 100,000, was launched Thursday. The suit names at least 50 children who were allegedly poisoned by lead.
Michigan in 2014 made the decision to move Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River as a cost-cutting measure but soon after residents soon began complain about the appearance of dirty water.
High levels of lead were also found in children in October, eventually leading authorities to declare a state of emergency when widespread lead contamination was found in the city’s water supply.
The lawsuit charges negligence against three companies involved in the decision to move the water supply, along with two state workers and a city employee. Many of the other lawsuits already filed also target malfeasance as well as payments already made for lead-laden water that affected their families health.
“You’re paying for poison,” said a resident involved in one of the suits to CNN this week. “I’m paying for water that’s a toxic waste.”
A federal-level lawsuit filed on Monday is seeking damages for thousands of Flint residents.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who was the target of another class action lawsuit last week, continues to resist calls for his resignation.