State of Michigan Shares New Flint Water Test Results
Today, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced the latest water testing results for the city of Flint.
EGLE says Flint’s water system has met state and federal standards for the third straight year for lead and copper levels. The latest six-month monitoring period from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2019 shows that 90 percent of the samples collected in Flint are at 3 parts per billion (ppb) for the first liter collected and at 6 ppb under the new rule that requires a fifth liter sample is taken. The federal requirement is under 15 ppb.
Third-party independent experts have also confirmed that Flint’s water currently shows levels of lead and copper below where action is required.
Last year, Michigan set the requirement that all lead service lines in Michigan must be removed, but total replacement could take up to 20 years. Water supplies are required to replace an average of 5 percent of their lead service lines every year for the next 20 years.
Officials in Flint expect to have all of Flint's remaining lead service lines replaced before the end of the year.