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. Kary L Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, said, “The EPA, along with city officials, must exercise their full authority to guarantee that the people of Flint are protected from the hazardous water now flowing into their homes”. 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”.
The point of the lead and copper rule is to make sure cities are sampling homes that are high risk – that is, homes serviced by lead pipe.
Officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have cautioned Flint citizens from fully buying into the pediatrician’s test, declaring that the department’s official testing results will be released soon in a final report, according to NPR. At that time, he had a level of 2 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. But problems began to arise when residents complained that the Flint River water caused excessive rust and contributed to rashes, hair loss, and other health concerns, the AP said. Now, doctors are warning city officials that high levels of lead in the city’s tap water could cause potential health problems. The water filters were distributed at the University of Michigan-Flint at the Recreation Center on Saturday, October 3. “As part of this, we are working closely with our public and private partners to provide Flint residents on MDHHS assistance programs with free water filters and inform families about the steps they can take to reduce all lead exposures in their home”. “The DEQ will work closely with the city to gather further data to ensure the water that leaves Flint’s system as well as the water that arrives in Flint homes is safe to drink”.