Residents reach boiling point over Flint's water woes
FLINT, MI —
Flint's water woes reached a new flood stage as protesters and security guards clashed at the Flint Farmer's Market Thursday afternoon. Punches were thrown, words were exchanged, but nothing has changed.
Multiple agencies have issued warnings to stop drinking Flint water because of high amounts of lead. City of Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft says the city relies on the guidelines from the Department of Environmental Quality for its testing.
"We always follow their guidance on all of our testing. They are the jurisdictional authority," Croft says.
There's still confusion on the science however. Researchers with Virginia Tech say the river water is significantly more corrosive then the Detroit water, which is leeching the iron and lead from the pipes.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials say they aren't seeing the same results. But the DEQ has ordered the city of Flint to immediately start an anti- corrosion treatment for the water. Croft says that process has already started.
"We received the direction in August to implement the corrosive control plan. Our target is 30 days for approval, 30 days for implementation, and 30 days for it to get into the system."
Help could be on the way from Lansing. A press conference will be held at Kettering University on Friday Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m. Federal, State, and local officials will talk about an action plan to eliminate the water situation. You can watch it on our web site at www.nbc25news.com.