Flint’s Water Crisis Highlights Need for Infrastructure Investment and Innovation

The Avenue, January 2016

By: Brookings Institution, Joseph Kane, Robert Puentes

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Integrated Water Resource Management

This article discusses the factors that contributed to the Flint crisis, focusing on the role of the city’s aging and deteriorating water infrastructure.  It draws lessons for other cities related to infrastructure condition and provides examples of innovative strategies, including Columbus, Ohio’s integrated sewer and stormwater plan.



Columbus, OH

2010 Population: 787,033

2010 Population Density: 3,624.06/square mile

Flint, MI

2010 Population: 102,434

2010 Population Density: 3,065.42/square mile