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Thousands of water filters handed out

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Following tests that show elevated levels of lead in the Flint water system, thousands of filters were given away over the weekend.

The filters, certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, were handed out Saturday at the University of Michigan-Flint.

People like Margret Brown stood in line to get one. “My daughter is pregnant, she needed a water filter.”

That makes Brown’s daughter a top priority to receive the help. That’s because tests have shown children with elevated levels of lead.

The lead began showing up after Flint switched off the Detroit water system, and started taking water from the Flint River. That water is causing lead in old pipes to flow into homes.

On Friday the state said it will contribute at least $1 million to buy home water filters.

Several other organizations have also been donating money or handing out water and filters, including TV5.

We have teamed up with Town Square Media and will be collecting donated bottled water to distribute to all Flint Community Schools.

Mark your calendar, it’s happening on Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the outdoor village of Genesee Valley Center.

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