Flint, Michigan has completed the required copper and lead testing under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The required testing was completed more than a month ahead of schedule, reported the city.
Every six months, the city of Flint must collect at least 60 samples from homes at the highest risk of having lead.
The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy confirmed with the tests turned in last month, that Flint has submitted more than 60 valid water samples, thus fulfilling testing requirements for the cycle ending on Dec. 31.
“The team truly came together to overcome all obstacles and successfully complete this testing,” said Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley. “We will continue moving forward in a positive direction on behalf of the residents of the city of Flint.”
Neeley utilized firefighters to help in the testing effort, offered utility vouchers, and went door to door himself to encourage residents to participate in the water testing program.
According to Neeley, the strong and ongoing partnership between the city of Flint and EGLE helped the city target potential testing locations and get information on the city’s progress.
These efforts included weekly meetings.
Based on the testing, water quality inside the city of Flint remains well below federal action levels and stable, reported the city. The most recent testing specifically targeted homes and businesses where lead service lines still are being used.
Flint is also making progress on other important water infrastructure projects. For example, Flint is nearly complete with the residential service line replacement project and work has started on building a secondary water source, expanding water reservoirs, and constructing a new chemical feed building, reported the city.