There is finally some good news for thousands of Flint, Michigan residents: the state has announced that residents who were exposed to high levels of lead in the city’s water supply will be receiving new faucets free of charge.
Brass faucets and other brass components can be a significant contributor of lead so the hope is that the new faucets will reduce the amount of lead in the water. However, residents are still strongly encouraged to drink filter or bottled water.
Homes that tested positive for elevated lead levels between September 2015 and December 2016 will be part of the first phase of the faucet replacement project. Kitchen and bathroom faucet replacements will begin in approximately 4000 homes as early as February 2017.
The water crisis began about two years ago when Michigan switched Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, notorious for its contaminated water. The state Department of Environmental Quality did not treat the contaminated water, which corroded the city’s iron and lead pipes causing lead to leach in to the drinking water.
This contamination catastrophe has lead to a criminal investigation, with several high ranking Michigan officials being charged.