10 Things you need to know about Flint water
1. Flint, after 50 years, made the switch to its own drinking water on April 25, 2014.
2. In October,General Motors announced it will turn off the tap to Flint water due to manufacturing needs, GM officials said high chlorine levels can cause car corrosion in car parts.
3. In December, the State Department of Environmental Quality found the city in violation of federal standards and warns Flint it is using too much chlorine to treat its water which is creating a chemical called TTHM, a disinfectant by-product. Flint residents were notified by mail.
4. The city says the water is safe and has improved water levels. The city is building a line to Lake Huron Karegondi pipeline.
5. Detroit water officials send a letter to Flint in early January, saying they could reconnect the city to Detroit water without a reconnection fee.
6. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling sends a request to Lansing, â??It is essential there is city, state, and federal cooperation to address the challenges here and to meet the needs of vulnerable populations,â?? Walling said in his request.
7. Emergency Manager Jerry Ambrose says,Flint does not have a direct connection back to Detroit. The city sold the pipeline to Genesee County.
8. Erin Brockovich weighs in on Flint water. She said that Flint has a community water system that is failing and that "they have made many bad choices."
9. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee is partnering with community and labor organizations to distribute 2,000 gallons of water Monday, Feb. 2.
10. A press release from the City of Flint says the next round of scheduled testing of Flint water will be in March.
What is Trihalomethanes TTHM?
Trihalomethanes (TTHM) are a group of chemical byproducts formed when use for water disinfection reacts with naturally occurring organic material.
What are the health risks of TTHM?
Studies show that elevated levels if total TTHM are not an immediate health concern to most people, but with those with a compromised immune system may have increased risk.
How do you reduce the exposure of TTHM?
Use bottled water or filtered water.
Source: Genesee County Health Department