After emergency declaration, city still combating corrosion - WNEM TV 5

After emergency declaration, city still combating corrosion

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Davell Thompson is cutting no corners at Pro Cut's Barbershop when it comes to the Flint water.

"I’ve got to make sure that I keep as much clean water to keep people from using these – the water that's coming out of these pipes, as much as possible," Thompson said.

Pro Cut's is located less than five city blocks from where Flint and Flint Township separate.

However, that short distance isn't enough to avoid the lead corrosion that's prevalent in the pipes of people getting Flint water.

Davell now warns his customers about using city water to shampoo their hair.

"It’d be better if they go home or have their hair already shampooed before wash before they get here," Thompson said.

Mike Glasgow is the utility administrator of Flint. And he knows why all this corrosion is building up.

"I lot of that is going to be due to the pipes where they are put into the ground," Glasgow said.

Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency in Flint, hoping for federal aid to help deal with the infrastructure issue Flint is facing. In the meantime, Flint is taking steps to deal with corrosion.

"We’ve added more phosphate to the Detroit water right now and we're waiting for that to spread throughout the distribution system," Glasgow said. "And it's going to take some time for all the outskirts and it takes time to dorm some coatings on the inside of the pipes to help this corrosion."

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