Officials are scheduled to start distributing filters to a few Flint residents receiving water from the city’s water system.
Local organizations came forward to help residents concerned about lead in the water. Residents are now being told to stop drinking the water and install water filters, according to the Science Recorder on Sunday.
By all accounts, the level of lead in Flint’s drinking water has been on the rise since the city began drawing its supply from the Flint River rather than purchasing it from DWSD in 2014. Gaskin said. “We got that group through here pretty fast and we’re kind of excited right now because we’re able to widen the net a little bit more after that priority community has come in”.
Accelerating corrosion controls in the Flint drinking water system.
Boosting a comprehensive lead education program to make sure residents have detailed information about how to protect themselves and their homes. A few children have even tested above 6 percent.
Governor Rick Snyder said in a statement today that “We are focused on helping ensure safe, clean, accessible drinking water and addressing and mitigating concerns and protecting public health”. At that time, he had a level of 2 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood.
In addition to increasing levels of lead in tap water, a study by a Hurley Medical Center doctor that was released last month showed increased lead levels in children since the switch to the river.
As a part of the action plan, National Sanitation Foundation certified water filters will be made available to Flint residents through emergency state funds and coordinated efforts with local community agencies and donors.
It is one of several steps Snyder and state Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant outlined in a press call to address lead contamination in the troubled city’s drinking water. It urges those using the city’s water to not consume it unless it’s treated.