Filters are working for drinking water; residents will need to flush home plumbing
Monday, April 18, 2016
FLINT, MI – As requested from the Flint community, Gov. Rick Snyder today spent time visiting a home that has recently tested high for lead levels through the state’s sentinel site testing program. While there he spoke with the resident about their water, the use of filters and drank filtered water with them to help show the water is safe.
“I completely understand why some Flint residents are hesitant to drink the water and I am hopeful I can alleviate some of the skepticism and mistrust by putting words to action,” Snyder said. “Flint residents made it clear that they would like to see me personally drink the water, so today I am fulfilling that request. And I will continue drinking Flint water at work and at home for at least 30 days.”
The residence the governor visited today is part of the state's sentinel site testing program. The home has lead service lines and has tested higher than the federal action level for lead of 15 ppb (unfiltered). The homeowner uses a filter, but had expressed concerns about whether the filtered water is safe to drink. The governor met with the resident to discuss water quality issues and left with enough filtered water to get him started on drinking and cooking with the water for 30 days. The Governor plans on refilling his Flint water supply when he is in the city each week.
A consensus reached earlier this month by state, federal and independent water quality experts shows the water quality in Flint is improving and is safe to drink as long as a filter is in place. The protective coating is being restored to Flint’s pipes, which is an important measure needed to provide quality water until lead pipes can be replaced.
The experts have also recommended a flushing protocol for all homes, to help improve the flow of the treatments as well as flush pieces of lead out of the pipes. The state will provide an additional credit on upcoming water and sewer bills to be applied for the costs incurred by flushing approximately 600 gallons through each home.
Guidance for using filters: