Skubick: Flint water tests show decline in lead numbers; Snyder “wants to get this resolved”

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DIMONDALE, Mich. (WLNS) – The governor was pressing the flesh and thanking the workers in the new state of the art emergency operation center.

The facility is the coordinating center whenever a natural or man-made disaster hits the state.

The top priority in here right now is the Flint water crisis and the governor is releasing some new data from 175 homes.

And the news is positive in that most homes still had some lead in the water but below the action level or level that is unsafe for human consumption that’s 15 parts per billion.

The governor says it is too early to declare victory. “It’s not time to draw conclusions. We have 175 sample sites,” said Gov. Snyder. “Of the 175, 89 percent had lead levels below the action level. We had 11% that were above and five homes about 100 parts per billion.”

Meanwhile, there appears to be some tension between the governor and Flint mayor Weaver.

She wants to move faster to replace all the water pipes; the governor wants a study completed first.

And she opposes his decision to sign a no bid contract with a local engineering firm to determine how many lead pipes need to be replaced.

The governor explains, the mayor signed off on that deal before he went forward. “I said we would not go forward unless the city signed off and the city did sign off.”

Despite these positive water test results the governor won’t say this crisis has turned the corner. “I don’t take anything for granted. I want to get this resolved. That’s not my approach to this.”

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