In this special report, NOVA investigates what happened in Flint, Michigan, when local officials changed the city's water source to save money, but overlooked a critical treatment process. As the water pipes corroded, lead leached into the system, exposing the community-including thousands of children-to dangerous levels of poison. NOVA uncovers the science behind this manmade disaster- from the intricacies of water chemistry to the biology of lead poisoning to the misuse of science itself. Follows ordinary citizens and independent scientists who exposed the danger lurking in Flint's water and confronted those who turned a blind eye. And discover the disturbing truth that reaches far beyond Flint-water systems across the country are similarly vulnerable. How can we protect ourselves from poisoned water?
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