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EPA: Chlorine distribution upgrades needed for Flint water plant

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The city of Flint has to answer the EPA's urgent call for chlorine distribution upgrades by Friday.

The Flint water system may not be able to properly disperse the chemical during the hot summer weather. The EPA called for action to be taken by Friday to resolve the issue.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver called a meeting Tuesday morning to address the problem.

"That's not good. We are not supposed to be chlorine, that's like toxic," said Rodrick Bowman, Flint resident.

Officials at City Hall are bracing for the worst as the climate changes to warmer temperatures.

JoLisa McDay, Flint's interim utilities director, said she was caught off guard by the recent findings.

"I'm a little bit surprised because we have these weekly technical meetings and we have been proactively seeking an approach to address these concerns. So it's not anything new, but I guess the formalities have to be put in place," McDay said.

The EPA's Safe Drinking Water Task Force has been concerned about chlorine residual levels in Flint's water since meeting with the utilities director in January. At that time Mike Glasgow was in charge.

Glasgow is under criminal investigation for his involvement in the Flint water crisis.

Weaver insists no mistake can be made at this point.

"We also want to do what's best for the people of Flint and we don't want to move too quickly because we could make things worse," Weaver said.

Many residents, like Bowman, are searching for answers and direction while they continue to be flooded with bad news and bad water.

"I don't know who to talk to. Us as people, we don't know who to go to to ask about what's going on with our water. We don't know what's going on. Like you say, we just found chlorine in it. Like, we don't have power. We have power, but people just don't know how to use that power," Bowman said.

Weaver pledged she and her administration are on top of the potential threat. One that McDay said they are prepared for, despite the alarming concerns by the EPA.

"We are a proactive group of individuals at the Water Treatment Plant. We want to do what is in the best interest of the community so we had already been starting with developing a system. What we need are certain permissions in place in order to effect that system," McDay said.

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