Blood Water

This story is in response to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.



Laura first noticed the color of the water had turned to a slight orange. Harold, her husband, then commented on the acid taste of the water. The local water company had just ended a contract with an adjoining city and had started to provide the city with drinking water from the local river.

Still, the guidance from city officials about the temporary water supply they switched to in 2014 — partly to save money — sounded assuring. In a notice sent to residents in July, city officials declared: “This is not an emergency. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.”

Turning on the local news station the lead story was a study that found that children drinking the city water had blood lead levels seven times the CDC limits.


7 thoughts on “Blood Water

  1. rogershipp December 31, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Enjoyed! By the way….Congratulations on your massive flag collection!

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  2. draliman December 31, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Well, profit is surely more important than the children’s health 😦
    A similar thing happened just up the road from me (Camelford) in 1988 when they accidentally tipped 20 tonnes of aluminium sulphate into the drinking water and then delayed telling anyone.

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  3. Priceless Joy December 31, 2015 / 6:55 am

    That is frightening to think they were poisoning their children without even realizing it by the drinking water. Great story Danny!

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    • Danny James December 31, 2015 / 8:04 am

      My post is actually based on a true story of the city where I was raised (Flint Michigan).



      • Priceless Joy December 31, 2015 / 8:09 am

        That is terrible! I can only imagine that thousands of innocent children were harmed by the company that did that! Hopefully, that company was sued by the parents. (Although, that doesn’t make up for the harm they did to the children).

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