Here is the timeline of the lead crisis in Benton Harbor

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FILE — The city of Benton Harbor is currently undergoing construction to replace its lead pipes.

FILE — The city of Benton Harbor is currently undergoing construction to replace its lead pipes.

Chris Carr

With the effects of the Flint water crisis still fresh in the Michigan’s memory, the issue of lead contaminated water is finding its way to other communities in the state.

Benton Harbor is currently undergoing a lead crisis. The southwest Michigan town first saw the issue arise three years ago and has recently received national attention.

Here is a timeline of events, according to media releases from the state of Michigan and articles from Benton Harbor’s Herald Palladium:

October 2018 - First traces of lead found in city water
October 2018 - City officials urge residents to get their water tested
January 2019 - Free water testing kits and filters are made available to residents of Benton Harbor
January 2019 - Second official notice of contaminated water is issued to residents
January 2020 - Third official notice of contaminated water is issued to residents
April 2020 - $15 million infrastructure project to replace lead lines around the city is approved by Benton Harbor commission
July 2020 - Fourth official notice of contaminated water is issued to residents
October 2020 - Benton Harbor receives $5.6 million grant to fix lead lines
February 2021 - Fifth public notice of contaminated water is issued to residents
August 2021 - Sixth public notice of contaminated water is issued to residents
Sept. 9, 2021 - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposes $20 million to remove lead pipes in Benton Harbor
Sept. 10, 2021 - 20 organizations filed a petition to the EPA over the lead levels in the city drinking water
Sept. 23, 2021 - $10 million is given to Benton Harbor to remove lead pipes in the city
Sept. 25, 2021 - Bottled water and filters are distributed by the state to residents in Benton Harbor
Oct. 6, 2021 - The Environmental Protection Agency mobilizes to help the city of Benton Harbor
Oct. 7, 2021 - Residents in Benton Harbor are urged by state officials to use bottled water for drinking, cooking or ingesting
Oct. 19, 2021 - Benton Harbor commissioners declared a state of emergency
Oct. 20, 2021 - Michigan Senate Oversight Committee requests the state records on the Benton Harbor situation
Oct. 21, 2021 - Benton Harbor secures loans from the state to replace and improve their water lines
Oct. 22, 2021 - Benton Harbor mayor testifies before the Michigan’s House Oversight Committee in Lansing
Oct. 28, 2021 - State of Michigan begins paying volunteers responsible for handing out water bottles to ensure that the system sees continued success
Nov. 4, 2021 - A Water Resource Fair is hosted in Benton Harbor to provide residents with ways to eliminate lead from their homes
Nov. 9, 2021 - $2 million in grants are being used to address lead in towns across Michigan
Nov. 9, 2021 - Gov. Whitmer visits construction in Benton Harbor as the state works to replace 100 percent of Lead Service Lines