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Water troubles continue to concern community

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Another report released over the weekend on the purity of a Mid-Michigan community's water is making waves.

According to the Flint Journal, lead levels of Flint water is the highest it's been in 23 years, with about 10 percent of homes tested exceeding federal lead limits.

"Well, we have some serious problems with the water," said Flint resident, Matt Taylor.

Those same findings show a trend in rising lead levels since 2014, which is when Flint switched from Detroit water to the Flint River. 

"I think that was a terrible mistake and that probably needs to be admitted," Taylor said.

Residents we talked to aren't surprised by the latest report.   They insist city officials haven't responded to their ongoing concerns over the past year about lead, TTHM and the overall quality of the water.

TV5 went to city hall to ask city leaders the tough questions, but city officials were unavailable for comment.

City administrator Natasha Henderson said last week, before this current report was released, that the water is tested and meets all government safety standards.

On Monday, Henderson released a statement on the call for additional testing:

"The City of Flint has no problem with cooperating in additional testing. In fact, at this time we are already taking the steps necessary to improve Flint's water, including a plan to add a corrosion inhibitor into the treatment process in addition to ongoing efforts to fix problems in the distribution system. The City also continues to offer free and independent testing so that all customers understand the water quality in their homes, including any problems with lead. Our focus has been and will continue to be to provide safe, quality water to our customers."

The city also said it is working closely with the department of environmental quality to put together an optimization plan to add what's called corrosion control to the water. 

Congressman Dan Kildee called for additional and scientific testing to ensure the safety of the city's water. In a statement, he said the DEQ, the EPA, and the city itself have not adequately answered his questions on their testing methods. He said he doesn't have confidence in the current testing results.

"Flint residents deserve absolute transparency when it comes to the quality of their water. Additionally the city, DEQ and EPA must work together to ensure the immediate safety of Flint's drinking water, including any temporary relief until a long-term solution can be completed."

Residents tonight are just thirsting for some results.

"We have to be serious about making flint a great place," said Paula McGee, a resident.

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