FLINT, Michigan—The City of Flint has completed its lead and copper testing required under the Safe Drinking Water Act ahead of schedule once again.
The City of Flint must collect at least 60 samples every six months from homes and businesses with the highest risk of having lead in their water. The initial review by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has recognized that the city of Flint collected the required number of valid samples prior to the June 30, 2021 monitoring period deadline.
“We are working hard every day to repair our water infrastructure and safeguard residents,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “Through hard work and perseverance, we will continue to move our community forward in a positive direction. What defines us is how we rise.”
Mayor Neeley specifically praised the City staff who worked with residents to get the testing completed on time. Mayor Neeley also noted the strong and ongoing partnership between the City of Flint and EGLE, including weekly meetings designed to help the city target potential testing locations and get up-to-date information on the City’s progress toward the testing goal.
Identifying testing locations is increasingly difficult in the City of Flint because the City is nearly complete with its service line replacement project, which offers free replacement of lead and galvanized steel pipes going into homes. That program is expected to finish soon so all residents are encouraged to make sure their pipe replacement is scheduled by calling (810) 410-1133 or email [email protected].
Testing has shown water quality inside the City of Flint remains stable and well below federal action levels. Results of this current round of testing are being validated by EGLE and are expected to be released next month.
Residents are asked to continue assisting with water sampling when asked. Water quality testing is an ongoing process and additional samples will be needed to fulfill the next testing period, which begins July 1.
Mayor Neeley has launched a series of informational sessions to keep residents up-to-date on the City’s progress on water infrastructure renovation. For more information, see the Progress Report on Flint Water at www.CityofFlint.com/ProgressReport.