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Temporary system installed at water plant to help chlorine levels

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A temporary system was installed at Flint's water plant to help increase chlorine levels in the city's water supply.

Plant officials conducted a test on Friday to make sure the system performed well.

"The system was completed before noon and tested for a period of time today. Training is now being held on the new system and the chemicals to ensure proper operation and safety of the team," said JoLisa McDay, Flint's interim utilities administrator.

The Environmental Protection Agency sent the city of Flint a letter stating concerns in regards to the chlorine levels in the water supply as warmer weather sets in. The EPA said there could be issues related to chlorine decay.

The EPA's recommendation to the city included installing a new pumping system to boost the chlorine levels. The city had until noon on June 10 to do so.

"The safety of Flint residents is our top priority," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said. "We want to do what's best for the people of Flint and we don't want to repeat the mistakes made in the past."

The EPA met with city officials to establish a plan for a temporary system. The system will begin operating on June 13.

"I'm glad we were able to get everything in place by the target date provided by the EPA and we made sure we took those steps while keeping residents' safety at the forefront of our minds," McDay said.

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