Water expert says high Flint readings no surprise

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WLNS) – A Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the lead problem in Flint’s water despite initial skepticism from state regulators says he’s not surprised by some high lead readings officials just announced.

Marc Edwards said the city’s water system is still recovering after being without corrosion control for 18 months.

While under state financial management, the city switched its water source to the Flint River but without controlling corrosion. Officials have begun using a chemical to recoat existing pipes and contain the lead.

Flint residents are currently unable to drink unfiltered tap water, and tests have shown high lead levels in some children’s blood.

The city has hired Edwards to oversee water testing. He also was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to a committee that will set in place long-term solutions.

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