Environment & Energy Report

Flint Bottled Water Delivery Ended by Michigan

April 9, 2018, 10:09 AM

• Governor ends bottled water delivery in Flint after lead crisis • Cites string of water tests that show lead levels are below federal limits

Michigan will no longer deliver bottled water to Flint residents after the city’s water tested below a federal safety limit for lead for the past 21 consecutive months.

The state’s governor, Rick Snyder (R), said officials have brought concentrations of lead in Flint’s water to low enough levels that the state no longer needs to deliver water to residents to comply with a 2017 settlement agreement. The state will still be providing residents with filters, however, and helping to pay for lead pipe replacements throughout Flint.

The Flint water crisis stemmed from a decision to switch the city’s drinking water source without proper treatment. The water corroded Flint’s lead pipes, leading to elevated levels of the toxic metal in tap water.

The average lead levels in the city’s tap water are now one-fifth of where they were at this time two years ago, according to data from the state. Lead concentrations in Flint are now at an average of 4 parts per billion, while the federal threshold for taking action is 15 parts per billion.

While bottled water deliveries will end, Snyder said the state will continue to provide long-term support for the city.

“The scientific data now proves the water system is stable and the need for bottled water has ended,” Snyder said in a statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Schultz in Washington atdschultz@bloombergenvironment.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachael Daigle atrdaigle@bloombergenvironment.com

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