EPA: Flint lead levels too high for filters to remove the toxic element 

Photo via FlintWaterStudy.org
Photo via FlintWaterStudy.org

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Not even water filters are enough to prevent thousands of Flint residents from being poisoned by elevated levels of lead, the EPA has warned.

The notice comes after testing at 26 sites found an alarming amount of lead that exceeds levels that can be treated by water filters that officials have distributed to Flint residents.

Federal officials also warned that pregnant women and children under 6 should rely on bottled water.

“Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead,” the EPA warned on its site.

“It is essential that all Flint residents have the water in their homes tested as soon as possible,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a news release Friday. “Please make it a priority for your family and encourage your friends and neighbors to obtain testing kits as well. The kits are available free of charge at the water resource sites within Flint fire stations.”

Even though Flint reverted back to Detroit’s water, lead levels remains high because water pipes are still coated with the toxic element.

Filters are capable of treating water with up to 150 parts of lead per billion. But testing found that many sites still exceed that amount, with some having thousands of parts per billion – an extremely dangerous level of toxicity.

The findings, however, have not stopped state officials from notifying residents that they should stop using tap water.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • JohnJoslin

    No time like right now, for the Army Corps of Engineers to start ripping out & replacing lead water service lines from the street to each residence in Flint. Michigan National Guard troops can be federalized to assist . Unemployed Flint residents can also be put to paid employment.

    A presidential executive order should suffice to assign the design/ build task to the Engineers.

  • Colin Melendez

    The filters being provided to flint residents are effective at removing lead from water at concentrations of up to 150 parts per billion. However, lead levels in flint have measured upwards of 1,000 and in some cases even 2,000 parts per billion. “Safe” or at least acceptable lead levels are no more than 2 parts per billion. Even levels as high as 15 PPB are considered by the EPA to be “high risk”. So yes, I would say that what is going on in flint right now is an severe problem.

    Source: http://flintwaterstudy.org/information-for-flint-residents/results-for-citizen-testing-for-lead-300-kits/

  • Colin Melendez

    The filters being provided to flint residents are effective at removing lead from water at concentrations of up to 150 parts per billion. However, lead levels in flint have measured upwards of 1,000 and in some cases even 2,000 parts per billion. “Safe” or at least acceptable lead levels are no more than 2 parts per billion. Even levels as high as 15 PPB are considered by the EPA to be “high risk”. So yes, I would say that what is going on in flint right now is an severe problem.

    Source: http://flintwaterstudy.org/information-for-flint-residents/results-for-citizen-testing-for-lead-300-kits/

  • Billy Blake

    I have read that these filters are good for just a hundred gallons of
    water. How are you suppose to know when you reached a hundred gallons
    I’m not sure. Another thing is these filters that are full of lead are
    all going to end up in a landfill polluting for many years to come