EPA federal administrator visits city plagued by water crisis - WNEM TV 5

EPA federal administrator visits city plagued by water crisis

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The head of the environmental protection agency was in Flint to once again stamp its commitment to provide safe drinking water to people.

Gina McCarthy said there's a lot of work to be done.

After touring the Flint water plant and speaking to local pastors about the problems, McCarthy, who oversees the EPA and was assigned by President Barack Obama to do so, told a packed room of reporters her team is on the ground committed to fixing the issue.

She said the first thing they're making sure of is the proper corrosion control is going through the system and re-coating the pipes, so water will not be laced with lead entering homes.

She also said what happened here should have never happened and a large investigation has begun to see how this could have went wrong.

In the meantime, a federal EPA enforcement order sticks in place on both the city and state as they work to provide safe drinking water.

"We are going to see that through and the end result of that enforcement order is the EPA wants to be assured that we can say with our sampling and our verification that this system is safe," McCarthy said.

She said she can't give a timeline and it will be science that gives the all clear.

McCarthy said the most vulnerable and children under six should drink bottled water...and others should only drink the water if it's passed through a filter.

McCarthy also said field tests have shown the filters on faucets and shower-heads are maintaining high levels of lead.

She said you can screw those off and clean them to help assure lead is not entering through the tap.

McCarthy said those with questions can call the EPA's hotline: 800-426-4791.

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