3 people involved in the Flint Water Crisis have been criminally charged. The officials were in charge of some form of overseeing the quality of the Flint water, and are facing multiple charges, including tampering with evidence. The Flint Water Crisis became public in October 2015, but had been a problem long before that. Officials had tried to save the city money in 2013 by switching water systems, but ended up poisoning their citizens with lead, which can be detrimental to developing children. Public outrage ensued after it was learned that city officials had been covering up the crisis for months.