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Email: Bacteria worries influenced Flint corrosion decision

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

An email written by a former Flint official says anti-corrosive treatments weren't added to the Flint River water because of concerns about bacteria.

Officials have acknowledged the failure to control corrosion after Flint switched sources and began drawing water from the river in 2014 was a mistake that let lead leach from pipes into water that reached some homes.

In a Sept. 3 message, former public works director Howard Croft says lead treatments were discussed with state officials and an engineering firm as the city water plant was being readied to treat river water.

Croft says it was decided to wait for more data before choosing a lead-control method. He says most chemicals used for that are phosphate-based, which can encourage bacteria. He did not specify who made the decision.

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