Thursday, May 25, 2017

Water resource teams deliver water, filters, testing kits to 11,000 Flint homes

Water response teams mobilized by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have now completed 11,144 home visits in Flint, during which they have distributed bottled water, filters and replacement cartridges and water testing kits.

"We are in the process of establishing a formal sampling protocol that will be representative of the entire distribution system and we will revisit these sites routinely to establish a baseline and conduct trend analysis," DEQ Director Keith Creagh said. “While we recognize not all the samples within the program are officially recognized, the reason we are collecting this data is because we are trying to get an overall assessment of the water system and to identify potential areas of ongoing concern.”

Flint citizens can turn in their water testing kits to one of five water resource sites, located at fire stations throughout the city, where they are also able to receive additional bottled water, filters and replacement cartridges. The resource centers are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Testing of 1,186 residential samples has revealed 87 cases, or 7.3 percent, that exceed the action level of 15 ppb. Of the remaining 1,099 samples, 966 were at or below 5 ppb.

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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality 525 West Allegan Street Lansing, MI 48909

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