Majority of Flint schools water results below federal action level for lead

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has released water testing results for Flint Community School buildings. The MDEQ began there testing in Flint Schools on January 20. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has released water testing results for Flint Community School buildings. The MDEQ began there testing in Flint Schools on January 20.

The MDEQ reports the water results show a vast majority of the school sites are well below federal action level for lead.

MDEQ said, "Nearly 99 percent of the samples collected tested at or below the 15 ppb federal action level for lead, 95 percent met the bottled water standard of 5 ppb and lead was not detected in 81 percent of the samples collected. Water samples collected were unfiltered at all locations where it was possible to bypass the filter."

State officials say they have previously conducted extensive flushing and multiple rounds of testing, replaced fixtures and installed over 1,400 filters in schools, daycare, and elder care facilities.

Flint's Mayor Karen Weaver released the following statement:

“It’s encouraging to see that most of the water sample results are below the federal action level for lead. However, we cannot ignore that some of the sites tested show elevated lead levels, which leads us to believe there is still more work that needs to be done to make sure our kids are safe and not exposed to lead. As the testing continues, we have developed a plan to get more parents, teachers and members of the community involved to educate them on what these test results mean as efforts to get the lead out goes on. The City of Flint Technical Advisory Council is working with the Flint Community Schools to organize a series of community meetings, to share and review water quality test results and discuss what the data means and how they can be drivers of accountability. We want residents to be involved, and be part of the process as we work to resolve this issue. We should all be doing what we can to make sure our children are safe.”

The results for nine of the 13 buildings are available and can be viewed at www.michigan.gov/flintwater.


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