The Michigan Legislature has approved Governor Rick Snyder’s request to extend the state emergency declaration in Flint, where the water supply became contaminated with lead.
The House and Senate approved a concurrent resolution Wednesday to keep the declaration in effect until August 14, in line with a federal declaration. Snyder first declared the emergency January 5.
Snyder says the declaration enables federal, state and local governments to continue coordinating response efforts. The current declaration was set to expire Thursday.
Flint remains noncompliant with federal water rules, and residents are instructed to use faucet filters or bottled water.
Snyder reported Wednesday that while tests show improvement, there are still spikes in lead concentrations because small pieces of lead have broken off from pipes and may be caught in homes’ plumbing systems.