Flint Reservoir was named after the town founder Aloizy Wasniewski's trusty dog Flint. Legend has it that Wasniewski threw the carcass of the dog in the lake after his beloved pet died from demodectic mange (for more information about the town of Washerst, click HERE).
Year's later, Mayor Rick Snider (pictured at the left) approved the dumping of left-over paint, turpentine and cleaners in the reservoir. Within two years of Snider's decision, the lake caught fire -- plus the local media reported about substantial increases in the amount of lead in the water. They also reported a considerable upsurge in the admissions of minors at the Pennsylvania State Lunatic Asylum and Children's Sanatorium which overlooked Flint Reservoir.
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
I cannot drink it, Rick,
Until you taste it first,
And since the Water’s full of lead
I Think we’ll die of Thirst
By Emily Dickinson:
I could not drink it, Sweet,
Till you had tasted first,
Though cooler than the Water was
The Thoughtfulness of Thirst.