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U.S. EPA: Information on Lead in Drinking Water

http://www.epa.gov/flint/advice-flint-residents

Advice to Flint Residents

Right now, bottled water is the safest to drink, especially for vulnerable populations including children under six and pregnant women. Flint’s drinking water is currently not safe to drink without being passed through NSF-certified filters that have been rated to remove lead. This includes the filters that have been provided to residents by local agencies.  Follow the instructions that come with your filter on how to use it and how to correctly install and change the cartridge.

(Normally, EPA recommends running your water when it has not been used for long periods of time. However, the protective coating within the service lines is still being built up following Flint’s return to water from the Great Lakes Water Authority and the stability of this growing coating is hard to know throughout the water system.)

EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe there is no safe level of lead exposure. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children. While paint, dust, and soil are the most common sources of lead, infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.

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Reducing lead in drinking water – what you can do

Flint residents concerned about lead in their drinking water have a number of options to help reduce the amount of lead in their drinking water.

  • Have your water tested. Flint residents can have their water tested for free by calling the City of Flint Water Plant at 810-787-6537, then pressing 1. Flint residents may also email flintwater@cityofflint.com.
  • Be aware of any work that could disturb your lead service line, such as water main replacement, lead service line repair or replacement of part of the service line.
  • On a regular basis clean and remove any debris from faucet aerators to clear out any particles of lead that may become trapped in the aerator.
  • Purchase lead-free faucets and plumbing components.
  • Remove the entire lead service line.

 

 

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