Could a similar Flint water crisis happen in mid-Michigan?

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) –  After seeing the struggles people are having with lead tainted water in Flint, the question now is could it happen here?

Lansing Board of Water and Light officials and an Environmental Professor at Michigan State University say mid-Michigan is doing everything right to keep our water safe.

Safe water, it’s on the minds of many in mid-Michigan following the Flint water crisis.

But Dr. Susan Masten at MSU says local residents shouldn’t be concerned.

That’s because our local water is ground water Flint relies on surface water.

“A ground water treatment process is more stable than a surface water operation,” says Susan Masten.

And that’s not all. Lansing, East Lansing and Meridian Township utilities add corrosion inhibitors to their water.

“So we are adding a phosphate compound to the water because what we are doing is trying to maintain a protective coating inside the pipe,” says Masten.

In fact, the Lansing BWL says its customers can be assured their water is safe.

“Lansing board of water and light water is testing seven days a week 24 hours a day 365 days a year multiple times, ” says BWL Executive Steven Serkaian.

So what are the chances of the Lansing area running into a Flint water crisis?

The Lansing Board of Water and Light say’s they’ll work hard to make sure that never happens.

“We take very seriously the protection of our water our customers demand it they deserve it and we will continue to do so,” says Serkaian.

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