Flint, Michigan, needs 40 of its 60 required water samples to remain compliant with the federal Lead and Copper Rule and the state Safe Drinking Water Act.
Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley is urging residents at homes with the most risk of having lead service lines to get their water tested, according to Booth Michigan. The city needs 40 of its required water samples to remain compliant by the Dec. 31 deadline. Flint missed its last reporting deadline in July.
Flint fulfilled the reporting requirement in September, but missing the deadline put city crews behind heading into Flint’s current reporting period, according to a city-issued press release.
“We know there have been 1,000 residents that have not responded to our inquiries to be able to get into their homes,” said Neeley in a press conference. “It requires consent from residents. Our initial look tells us 1,000. As we go through our operational audit, it could be more.”
The state of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has helped to identify more than 100 homes in Flint that could fulfill the requirement, reported Booth Michigan.
“We need to raise awareness of the importance of our city’s ongoing water testing. The testing is important, and we need residents’ help,” Neeley said. “We must continue to monitor the safety of our water. If you or someone in your home is asked to submit a water sample, please do.”
Community outreach and resident education teams, operating through the United Way in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, are reaching out to residents to recruit households eligible for testing, reported Booth Michigan.
Flint has checked service lines at 24,304 residences and replaced 9,448 lead or galvanized steel service lines since the FAST Start pipe replacement program began in 2016. In 2019 the city replaced 1,413 lead or galvanized service lines and checked pipes at 3,863 homes, reported Booth Michigan.