Some Flint residents to get filters to combat lead in water, State pledges $1M for filters

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Filters will be distributed at the University of Michigan-Flint for Flint homes affected by high levels of lead in their water.

Genesee County health officials say 4,000 filters certified by the National Sanitation Foundation will be handed out from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Health Officer Mark Valacak says a priority “list will justly drive the filter distribution based on Flint’s most vulnerable population.”

Receiving top priority will be pregnant women, families where infants are on formula or being breastfed, and Children Special Health Care Services households. Only one filter will be available per household.

Michigan will spend $1 million to buy water filters and immediately test water in public schools in Flint after testing showed elevated levels of lead in the city’s children.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday also announced expanded health exposure testing, continued free water testing, and quicker steps to ensure that water from the Flint River is effectively treated.

The problems arose after the city broke away from Detroit’s water system to save money pending the completion of a new regional pipeline in 2016.

Flint River water is treated, but it’s corrosive and releasing lead from old plumbing in thousands of homes. The county health department has declared a health emergency.

Snyder isn’t ruling out a temporary switch back to Detroit water. He says discussions are ongoing.

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