Plumbing Efforts to Support Flint Water Crisis
Specialists will attempt to flush harmful lead from the old pipes in Flint, Michigan, in order to get the water supply back up and running properly once and for all with a new plan. Now, experts have advised residents to consistently run their cold water for two weeks, at intervals throughout the day.
The state of Michigan agreed to pay for the extra water supply use by means of a credit on water bills. This new strategy is an expense which could add up to around $300,000.
The new plan to flush the lead out of the water supply and provide clean water for Flint residents will begin on May 1st. By running the water continuously, lead particles will be eliminated through coating water pipes with corrosion controlling materials.
Residents of Flint are being urged to run cold water in the highest volume in the bathtub and kitchen, each for five minutes a day. Additionally, any kitchen filter should be taken out during the flushing process.
The US Environmental Protection Agency stated that lead particles are extremely dangerous for Flint residents, and this method will help reduce or eliminate the lead particles.
The statement regarding the new plan to purify Flint’s water supply was made at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan at a public conference. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency also said that whenever possible, lead service lines should be removed, even if the water lines are successfully coated with a substance that prevents leaching.
The Flint Water Crisis
The Flint Water Crisis is a drinking water contamination problem in Flint, Michigan, that started in April 2014. After Flint traded its previous water source for the Flint River, where officers did not implement the right contamination inhibitors, the region’s normal water supply developed conditions that culminated with severe lead contamination in the water. This created a severe public health risk.
The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from damaged pipes to leach into the water source, causing an extreme increased in quantities of the heavy metal in water. In Flint, high levels of lead have exposed nearly 12,000 kids to extremely harmful chemicals. The amount of Flint children with heightened levels of lead in their blood has risen from about 2% to nearly 5% over two years. In addition, water contamination and harmful lead particles may have contributed to the spread of Legionnaire’s disease and the death of 10 people from this condition.