My goal for this podcast was to inform people about the Flint water crisis and how we can use atmospheric water generation to solve this issue. I wanted to show how little the government has actually done to help the people of Flint. I also want to show that atmospheric water generation may be the only way to stop overusing our limited supply of fresh water. Another important point I wanted to get across in this podcast was that it seems like our government does very little for marginalized communities.
The main challenge I faced in doing this podcast was making an atmospheric water generator. This is because it is hard to find components that are large enough to produce a decent amount of water without being extremely expensive. It was also challenging to see that our government has done nothing throughout this crisis to take concrete steps for getting the entire water infrastructure fixed. Another difficulty was getting a one on one interview with a VC or someone connected to Flint, as I have been working on my own AWG and didn’t want to show up with something half-baked, so that’s on me.
For my sources, I used the local news (Detroit News) to get a better sense of what the day to day of the crisis is like. I used the audio from a YouTube clip for the interview as I thought that the man being interviewed painted a passionate and accurate picture of life in Flint, the entire video shows that the entire community knows that they’re being marginalized by their government. I also used some standard news sources like CNN, NPR, and Fast Company to get a big picture view of what has happened in Flint since 2014. I also used those sources and Aqua Sciences’ (government atmospheric water generator contractor) website to get more info about water generation.