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Council discusses latest Flint water testing results

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With the federal aid for Flint running dry, states officials Friday continue to reassure residents they will remain committed to fixing the city’s drinking water.

President Barack Obama in January signed an emergency declaration authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide water resources and support to state and local efforts.

It expires Aug. 14, but officials said federal resources will remain.

On Thursday, Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards and his team announced the third round of testing of Flint homes found water conditions continuing to improve.

“This process of healing is going to continue. In the next six months to a year I think we’re going to see dramatic improvements. We’re just pointing out that things are on their way,” Edwards said.

Researchers reported that 45 percent of homes tested in July showed no detectable levels of lead. Edwards, says the situation is "dramatically better" than last year when he sounded the alarm over lead, due to a lack of corrosion controls.

The water samples were randomly collected from 162 homes in the city.  

Residents have also been dealing with an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

Legionella is bacteria that causes a type of lung infection leading to pneumonia. It can be found in water systems such as hot tubs, air conditioners and hot water heaters.

This summer, Edwards’ team collected samples from hot water heaters in Flint homes.

To their surprise, Edwards said samples found legionella and lead levels in the water heats were both low last summer and this summer. 

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