By Lee Walters
Last Friday the data on the filter testing finally started coming. EPA did a press conference to confirm that in all homes tested so far the filters are working. There is still a concern that in homes with very high lead, the filters might not work. EPA reviewed the paper Marc Edwards provided on how effective filters are as a guide to compare to the work on the ground. The way the EPA is testing is comparing lead in water from the tap no filter, water with the filter and water with the filter with the new cartridge.
You can view their test results with the link provided here. The EPA will be doing everything in real time to keep the citizens informed.
There is a one month study of chlorine being conducted by the EPA throughout the city to assess the disinfection and low concentrations of chlorine. They are targeting the known problem areas for a complete study. One of the things I learned from talking with the chlorine expert is that the smaller pipes are the best to study because it gives a real reading in the system. So they have reached out to different establishments for weekly testing. There are 24 sites to date being tested. I also learned that the 10 sites that City of Flint have been testing are not the best sites to be testing. With the size of our water distribution system, 10 sites is an unusually small number to do this type of testing. So, before the KWA pipeline comes online this needs to addressed. There will be weekly updates on getting the right sites. The goal is to track the disinfection over this period of time so the experts can see what changes need to be made. We have also reached out the Mayor of Burton to add the 65 Burton residents currently on City of Flint water to the testing pool.
We are in the process of setting up a town hall meeting for the citizens and the EPA. EPA officials working on the Flint Water Emergency Response will be available to talk to citizens and answer questions. Stay tuned for date and time.
If you have questions/concerns or would like to discuss water testing, please contact the EPA using the following information: