Flint officials warn of health concerns after too much disinfectant found in water
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:44:04 GMT —
State environmental officials say Flint is using too much chlorine to treat its water which is creating a chemical called TTHM, a disinfectant by-product.
Officials warn that if levels were to stay the same over a long period of time, people could develop cancer or other health issues.
Bernadell Jefferson is at her wits end when it comes to Flint water.
"Water is a necessity. It ain't (sic) a luxury,â?? says Jefferson. Here we are, citizens of this community paying water bills---outlandish water bills and not able to drink the water."
City officials say the water is safe to drink but may cause issues.
â??Unless they have a special medical need, as far as a compromised immune system, they should consult their doctor,â?? says Jason Lorenz, Flint spokesman. â??Everybody else, it doesn't mean a thing. The water is still safe to drink."
Jefferson says that's not good enough.
â??The voice of the people have (sic) to ring out,â?? says Jefferson.
Neighbors are now calling for hearings against the city.
â??If we have to go to the United Nations, wherever we have to go to get help for our city, that's what we plan to do,â?? says Jefferson.
However, city officials say they already have a plan in place to make sure this doesn't happen again.
(Weâ??re) â??updating an aging distribution system, making sure valves are replaced so the water flows through the system,â?? says Lorenz. The levels are already falling."
State environmental officials agree that the levels are falling. Lorenz says the city will unroll a more thorough plan Tuesday at a press conference.
As for now, city officials say the water is safe to drink and there is no boil water advisory.
As for the group forming, they plan to hold a meeting on the first Monday of February at Bethel United Methodist Church on Ballenger Highway with both morning and afternoon sessions.
*(UPDATE: 1/6/15) An earlier version of this story said Flint was using TTHM in its water. TTHM is a chemical byproduct that forms when too much chlorine is used in the water. Flint is not using TTHM to treat its water.
To see the full notice issued by the city, please click here.