Flint’s Water Improving But Work Remains

Experts say the water quality in Flint continues to improve.

Flint residents are still struggling with lead contamination in the water supply after officials failed to treat it with the proper corrosion-reducing chemicals when the city switched to using its river as a water source.

But researchers monitoring the situation say switching back to using treated water from Detroit’s system appears to be making a significant improvement in Flint’s tainted water supply.

Experts add that there has been a drop in the amount of Legionella bacteria in the city’s water system as well.

Officials have also requested that people in Flint try to use more water in an effort to flush loose lead particles out of the city’s pipes.

Yet researchers warn it will take months before Flint’s water is safe to drink without using a filter.

They say in Flint pregnant women and very young children, who are especially susceptible to lead poisoning, should still use only bottled water.

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About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.

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