City adding phosphates to combat lead leeching - WNEM TV 5

City adding phosphates to combat lead leeching

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A city plagued by water problems is trying to combat a new one.

Flint will now be adding phosphates to help combat its already deteriorating pipes.

“If they have to do that in order for us to have good water here, then it's okay with me.  We have no choice.  We have to do something here,” said resident A. Ijeh.

The city hopes that adding more phosphate to the water will create a protective layer in the pipes, helping to keep lead from getting into the water supply.

But that isn't enough to convince Chenelle Young to change her habits.

“Bottled water. You can't even take a risk,” Young said. “You don't know what you're putting in your body.  You could tell us anything.”

The Mayor's Office also announced that a third party will begin testing water.

If contacted for water testing, city officials encourage residents to participate.

“This is going to take residents, businesses working together with them for us to get the accurate testing,” said city administrator Natasha Henderson.

Even with the changes, the mayor said it could take up to six months before the level of lead in water is reduced.

“I still have to caution you to utilize the filters,” said Mayor Karen Weaver.

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