Researchers upbeat, say Flint water improving from lead mess
Aug 12 2016 by Johnny Bowman
The Virginia Tech professor who led the Flint Water Study team will announce the latest water test results on Thursday morning.
Virginia Tech's work in Flint began a year ago when the first round of testing discovered that the city's tap water was contaminated with lead.
Flint's water was contaminated when the city began using the Flint River for its supply in 2014 without adding chemicals to control pipe corrosion. "We can say that the trend is very good".
A "Water Pickup" sign points to a bottled water distribution center for Flint, Michigan residents on January 13.
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"Things are dramatically better than they were in 2015", Edwards said. The city has been under a federal state of emergency due to expire later this month.
The city is also in the midst of replacing its lead water service lines estimated to be in the thousands.
Virginia Tech researchers also tested Flint homeowners' water heaters, not only for high lead levels, but also for other contaminants, including the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease. The team's work is widely credited with helping to bring new attention to the issue. While the findings showed continued improvement, Edwards urged residents continue the use bottled and filtered water.