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Latest test results show water improving

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The latest round of testing from researchers out of Virginia Tech may prove it's the beginning of the end for the Flint water crisis.

Professor Marc Edwards revealed the Flint water system is in better shape now than it was one year ago.

"This is nearing the end of the beginning of the end of the public health disaster response. Flint water not looks like it's entering a range that's considered normal for other U.S. cities," Edwards said.

He has been studying Flint's water for a couple of years. On Aug. 11 he announced the latest test results of the city's drinking water show the amount of lead in the water is dropping.

"This really shows that the corrosion control and all the things that are being implemented by the fed, the state, and the city are really working. And Flint's system is on its way to recovery. That doesn't mean the current situation is acceptable," Edwards said.

He said lead levels at 160 test homes in Flint are down to 50 to 80 percent in the past year.

"Still not good enough for me. It doesn't give me piece of mind knowing that it's 50 to 80 percent, knowing that my daughter could have an issue and I've been lucky thus far that she doesn't," said Alexa Honaker, Flint resident.

She said they'll never rely on Flint water again, no matter what researchers say.

"I won't fully trust it unless I move out of the city to somewhere I know isn't going through the same issue that we have right now," Honaker said.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is quick to point out a lot of work still needs to be done.

"While we know we're making progress, we didn't hear anything because I don't think there's an answer to when will we be able to just turn on our water faucet and drink? And that's why this is still such a crisis, such a disaster because no one can give us that information," Weaver said.

While Edwards did not say when water straight out of the tao could be safe to drink. He insists his research suggests filtered water out of the tap is safe to consume.

"There's every reason to believe water coming from those filters in terms of lead is every bit as good or perhaps in some cases even better than bottled water," Edwards said.

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