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EPA says samples show filters working in Flint

Posted: 5:58 PM, Feb 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-05 10:00:54-05

The Environmental Protection Agency says their sampling results are showing that filters are working to remove lead from Flint homes that have high levels of the contaminant.

However, the EPA is still recommending that Flint residents continue to use the NSF-certified filters.

EPA officials also say that they will continue to test samples from locations where results detected lead about the levels the filters are rated for.

The EPA EPA recommends the following tips for residents to reduce their exposure to lead in water sources:

  • Be sure to use filters according to the instructions and replace filters before they expire.
  • The safest option for vulnerable populations including pregnant and breastfeeding women and children six years old and under, is to use bottled water. Everyone else can cook and drink with filtered water.
  • Residents should clean out their faucet aerators by unscrewing the aerator at the tip of the faucet, and removing any debris that has collected there. Aerators are located at the tip of household faucets and have a screen to collect particles and sediment. Until the system has recovered, EPA recommends that Flint residents clean aerators once a week.