FLINT, Mich. – Families in Flint lined up for water distribution at the West Court Street Church of God.
This comes as the state recently released another report saying Flint’s water is safe.
Earlier this week, the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy Department said for the third year in a row, Flint’s water system is meeting stat
e and federal standards.
Despite that , families say they still don’t trust it.
We spoke to Flint resident Bonita Walker to get her thoughts on the matter:
Since 2014, Flint, Michigan, has been synonymous with tainted water. Five years on, not all of the city’s residents have access to safe water. Some wait for hours in line to obtain bottled water, while others deal with the physical and emotional fallout of exposure to high lead levels from corrosion of city pipes. John Yang reports from Flint on what has changed — and what hasn’t.
Like so many others we’ve spoken to, Walker says she wants to see all the city’s pipes replaced before she can trust drinking Flint’s water.
NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey’s largest city is distributing less bottled water after tests showed city-issued filters are reducing lead levels.
Starting next week, recreation centers in Newark will stop giving out water, though families with pregnant women and children under 6 can still get it.
The centers will distribute water filters and replacement cartridges.
Residents of about 14,000 homes with lead pipes began receiving bottled water in August after lead levels tested high at a few homes using the filters. More than 100,000 cases of water have been distributed.
Subsequent testing of more than 300 homes showed 97 percent to 99 percent of the filters were working.
The city began giving out filters last year after tests showed the chemicals used to prevent lead leaching from pipes into drinking water weren’t effective.
Summit School Donates 50 Cases Of Bottled Water For Newark
Newark residents who are serviced by the Pequannock treatment plant have been battling spiked levels of lead in their water since 2017, officials said. At the recommendation of the Environmental Protection Agency, about 14,000 Newark households have relied on bottled water for more than a month.
After learning of the City of Summit’s efforts to provide water to residents of Newark, members of Oak Knoll’s Athletic Council sprang into action, collecting water at home athletic games and at the school’s Tisdall Hall Gymnasium.
Oak Knoll’s drive, completed in less than a week, was just one of many from the Summit community, contributing to a total of 350 cases of bottled water collected.
“When we have the opportunity to serve, we do. It’s one of the things that makes this Oak Knoll community so special,” said Oak Knoll Athletic Director Kelly Childs. “We had water delivered to us from as far as Pennsylvania and it really shows the great initiative our faculty, students and staff take when help is needed.”