FlintWaterStudy.org Guide

Updated: June 30, 2016

We realize there is a ton of information for you to sift through and, therefore, we have made a mini-guide for you (arranged in reverse chronological order — latest first):

About Us

The Virginia Tech Research Team

Collaborators and Other Information Sources for Flint

Bathing Concerns of Flint Residents

Should you bathe/shower in Flint water (or any water)?

Frequently Asked Questions for Flint Residents — 1+ Year Anniversary Edition

Some Perspectives On Rashes And Health Problems From Bathing Or Showering; Whether you are in Flint MI Or Elsewhere In The USA

Stories from Flint Residents

Go to our Facebook page and look in the comments

Share your story

Twitter Feed for some more

Fundraising and Grants

The FlintWaterStudy Research Support Fundraiser

SafeWater4Flint Fundraising Update and Thank You!

Our VT Research Team wins $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study Flint water

Flint River Corrosivity Experiments, Citizen Testing and Resources on Lead in water/Blood Lead

Updates on Special Flint Sampling: Flushing and Lead, Disinfection By-Products and Legionella Sampling (May 31st 2016)

Results of Flint Resident Water Lead Sampling (March 2016)

Results from a lead sampling study in the Detroit Service Area in Jan 2016: A baseline if corrosion control had not been interrupted in Flint

Lead in Drinking Water 101

Hurley Medical Center’s “Nutrition & Lead: Recipe and Resource Guide”

Some Common Misunderstandings of Flint’s Lead in Water Problem

[Commentary] When will we be able to say that Flint’s water is “safe” to drink again, and lift the water emergency?

Lead Testing Results from two worst case homes in Flint (before and after water switch)

Concerned about bathing or showering in lead-contaminated water?

Public Health Advisory regarding Lead in Flint Water from the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, Health Dept and City of Flint

Research Update: Corrosivity of Flint Water to Iron Pipes in the City — A Costly Problem

Additional Sampling Confirms High Lead in Flint’s Water and Our 5-Minute Flushing Advice to Reduce Risk

Lead in Drinking Water – Health Risks to Flint Residents (Plus, list of lead filters)

Test Update: Flint River water 19X more corrosive than Detroit water for Lead Solder; Now What?

Lead testing results for water sampled by residents

Our sampling of 252 homes demonstrates a high lead in water risk: Flint should be failing to meet the EPA Lead and Copper Rule

Flint River water is very corrosive to lead, and causing lead contamination in homes

Analysis of water samples from an additional 72 Flint homes are concerning

Analysis of water samples from 48 Flint homes to date for lead are worrisome

Why is it possible that Flint River water cannot be treated to meet Federal Standards?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Citizen Sampling program

Video: Water Sampling Kits for Lead

300 Lead Testing Kits Dispatched to Flint from Virginia Tech

Hazardous Waste-levels of Lead found in a Flint household’s water

The Unintended Consequences of migrating to Flint River water

Opportunistic Pathogens incl. Legionella, Bacteria, Chlorine

Results of March 2016 Legionella Sampling Event in Smaller Buildings in Flint

Updates on Special Flint Sampling: Flushing and Lead, Disinfection By-Products and Legionella Sampling (May 31st 2016)

Legionnaire’s Disease Possibly Associated With Flint River Water Supply

Initial Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding Legionella bacteria in present-day Flint

Possible Links Between Flint River Water (Without Corrosion Control) and Higher Legionella Occurrence

Results from Field Sampling in Flint (Aug 17-19 2015) : Opportunistic Pathogens #2

Results from Field Sampling in Flint (Aug 17-19 2015) : Opportunistic Pathogens

Results from Field Sampling in Flint (Aug 17-19 2015): No Fecal Bacteria in water but Low chlorine residuals a problem

Opportunistic Pathogens (OPs): #1 cause of waterborne diseases in the United States

Chlorine monitoring in resident Ms. Walters’ home

Information on our Flint trips // Work with School Kids

Our Team heads to Flint to conduct follow-up testing alongside citizens

The Surreal Flint Experience: 2014-2015 Water Crisis // Video of Resident Getting Arrested for Questioning Safety of Water

Results from Corrosion Experiments in Ms. Weiss’ class at City School, Grand Blanc, MI

Dr. Edwards and graduate student Anurag Mantha visit City School in Grand Blanc, MI to meet and discuss Flint water experiments the students themselves performed

Flint Trip #3: Quick Sampling Update

Our Flint Sampling Trip (Aug 17-19 2015)

Disinfection Byproducts in Flint’s water and Claims made by Water Defense

UMass Experts Recruited To Address DBP Questions In The Aftermath Of The Flint Water Crisis

Updates on Special Flint Sampling: Flushing and Lead, Disinfection By-Products and Legionella Sampling (May 31st 2016)

In Flint Water Disaster Response, Ruffalo is a Bad Actor

Should you bathe/shower in Flint water (or any water)?

A-List Actor But F-List Scientist: Mark Ruffalo Brings Fear And Misinformation To Flint

Are there DANGEROUS levels of chloroform in Flint water?

Frequently Asked Questions for Flint Residents — 1+ Year Anniversary Edition

Flint’s new GAC treatment filter is helping meet EPA’s THM standards

FOIA Emails, Investigations, Reports and our Analyses (MDEQ, EPA, MDHHS, City of Flint and MI Governor’s Office)

Flint Water Advisory Task Force (Final Report)

New Executive Office emails between 2011- 2016 (until Jan 5) concerning Flint Water Crisis released by the Michigan Governor’s Office

Did you think the story of MDEQ malfeasance could not get worse? Wrong again. MDEQ’s negligence quite possibly killed a few of the very people they were paid to protect.

Two Important Developments in The Flint Saga: Water Bill Relief and Lead Pipe Replacement

[Commentary] Imminent and Substantial Endangerment in Flint: Better Late Than Never?

[Press Release] Hedman Resignation Gives Hope for EPA Climate Change

Gov. Rick Snyder releases all emails pertaining to the Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Office Released This Flint Water Timeline To Address Questions On Who Knew What and When

The Flint tragedy should be uniting Americans in common cause

All Flint Water Crisis-related Documents concerning City of Flint and Miguel A. Del Toral obtained by The Guardian’s Ryan Felton via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the US EPA

Miguel Del Toral emerges from EPA’s House Arrest; FlintWaterStudy supports requested federal relief for Flint

Del Toral’s Heroic Effort Was Ultimately Vetted in the Blood Lead of Flint’s Children

Original July 22 Email from Dennis Muchmore to Michigan Health Department’s Director

FOIA Information: Michigan Health Department (DHHS) Blood Lead Spike Report Not Communicated Back to Mr. Muchmore

New FOIA E-mail With Michigan Health Department’s Response to Dennis Muchmore’s email

All Flint Water Crisis-related Documents concerning MDEQ, MDHHS and City of Flint obtained so far via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests

New FOIA Shows MDEQ Still Mostly To Blame For Water Crisis and Poor Response: E-mails Apparently Show Concern Of Governor’s Office On Lead Health Effects

Michigan Health Department focused more on communications, than scientific evidence of increased lead levels in Flint’s children [FOIA Emails Part II]

Resignations Are Justified: Michigan Children Would Never Be Safe Without Culture Change at MDEQ

MDEQ’s Word Analogy for Flint: “Lead in Drinking Water” is to “Childhood Lead Poisoning,” as an “Apple” is to ________

Michigan Health Department Hid Evidence of Health Harm Due to Lead Contaminated Water: Allowed False Public Assurances by MDEQ and Stonewalled Outside Researchers

Commentary: EPA Office of Water weighs in on MDEQ’s illegal actions in Flint, fulfills MDEQ prophecy

US EPA’s Memo on Lead and Copper Rule Requirements for Optimal Corr Control Treatment for Large Drinking Water Systems

Final EPA Report – High Lead at Three Residences in Flint MI

Would you sign this waiver that LeeAnne Walters refused to sign?

Lead-Safe Drinking Water Action Plans Proposed for Michigan and the U.S. in 2005: Derailed by “scientifically indefensible” U.S. Centers for Disease Control Report

Q+A with Mayor Dayne Walling

New Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request documents answer our earlier question: Where is the US EPA?

MDEQ “leaked” FLINTWATERSTUDY FOIAs to…Reporters

Investigation of MDEQ’s new “Corrosion Control” claim reveals more deception and incompetence: Where is the EPA?

COMMENTARY: MDEQ Mistakes and Deception Created the Flint Water Crisis

Data, Talks, Podcasts, LCR Analyses and Presentations

A Sick National Joke: The EPA Lead and Copper Rule Comes (Again) to the U.S. Congress

Water utilities ask for clarification on EPA’s memo to publicly make available all information on Lead Service Lines and other “materials inventory” they (utilities) were required to complete under the LCR

Ohio takes a leadership role (along with Michigan), in closing some important US EPA Lead and Copper Rule gaps

The Flint Water Study team applauds EPA letter affirming that the Lead and Copper Rule should be taken seriously

Results from a lead sampling study in the Detroit Service Area in Jan 2016: A baseline if corrosion control had not been interrupted in Flint

[Video] The Flint Water Study’s talk at Virginia Tech – Jan 28, 2016

Concerns About Lead Sampling Methods That Underestimate Consumer Exposure, Spread Nationally; Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou’s Letter To Philadelphia Residents

[Talk] The Washington DC Lead Crisis (2001-2004): Prelude to Flint 2015 — Dr. Edwards’ talk at Hurley Medical Center

[Complete Dataset] Lead results from Tap Water Sampling in Flint, MI

Northeast Midwest Institute’s Newsletter highlights Ms. Betanzo’s recommendations to the USEPA towards improving the Lead and Copper Rule

Clarifications sought to strengthen the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) Working Group’s Recommendations towards Long Term Revisions to the LCR

Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou’s Dissenting Opinion on the Upcoming Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) Long-Term Revisions

Dr. Edwards’ presentation to the Technical Advisory Committee on Flint Water

[Podcast] Lead in Drinking Water, Is Flint a Washington DC 2.0 and other tales — A conversation with Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou

Pediatric Lead Exposure Presentation from Hurley Medical Center doctors concerning Flint MI

Flint Town Hall Meeting Presentation and Distribution of lead results across Flint by ward and zip codes

EPA Updates from Lee-Anne Walters

[Mar 04 2016] EPA Update on Flint Testing

[Feb 26 2016] EPA Update on Flint Testing

[Feb 12 2016] EPA Update on Flint Testing

[Feb 5 2016] EPA Update on Flint Testing

[Jan 29, 2016] EPA Update on Flint Testing


Our friends at “WaterYouFightingFor?,” LeeAnne Walters and Melissa Mays win the “Hammer and Chisel Award” for their courage and heroism

Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Announce Pediatric Public Health Initiative for Continued Investment in the Greater Flint Community

Girl Scout Brownies Troop 71729 Works on Flint Water Crisis

CORRECTING THE RECORD: Please direct thanks for this to Andrew Leavitt and Sen. Ananich!

Congressional Hearings, Lawsuits, Petitions, Letters, Press Releases and other announcements

Congressional Hearings on Flint Water Crisis [March 17, 2016]

Congressional Hearings on Flint Water Crisis [March 15 2016]

Congressional Hearings on Flint Water Crisis [February 2016]

Congressional Testimonies of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou and Ms. Lee-Anne Walters [February 2016]

Institutional Scientific Misconduct at U.S. Public Health Agencies: How Malevolent Government Betrayed Flint, MI

MASSWMI Resolution Statement on the Flint Water Crisis: Meeting the Needs of Students in the School Setting in an Ongoing Public Health Crisis

The courageous morality of Flint’s heroes challenges the corruption and self-serving duplicity of politicos — Dr. Phil Zimbardo

Resolution of the Progressive Democratic Women’s Caucus

Class Action Lawsuit filed against Michigan State, MDEQ and City of Flint Officials

Sen. Minority Leader Jim Ananich’s Letter to EPA HQ and Region 5: EPA Review Needed on Flint, Michigan Water Treatment

Congressman Dan Kildee Calls for Investigation into Flint Water Woes

Groups Petition EPA for Emergency Response to Flint, MI Drinking Water Contamination

Coalition of Clean Water’s demands in light of serious lead in water issues

US EPA to Congressman Kildee: “We are actively working with MDEQ to help the City provide clean and safe water”

MDEQ to Congressman Kildee, Sen. Ananich and State Reps: “City has no unresolved violations of state and federal drinking water standards”

Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich (District 27) and state reps send a letter with “urgent questions” on Flint’s water to MDEQ

Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI 5th District) calls on EPA and MDEQ to answer, among other questions, “Is Flint water safe?”

Response to MDEQ’s Press Release on Lead levels in Flint water

Credit: Siddhartha Roy (Reporters, you are welcome!)