State outlines action plan for Flint

Posted at 8:08 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 08:08:38-05

The state outlines a new plan of action to make sure the children of Flint get the medical help they need, and are protected from the contaminated water.

The five part strategy by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality outlines what each department in the state should be doing during this water emergency in Flint.

The first step is constant testing of the water in residential homes.

It was announced over the weekend that water samples from more than two dozen homes in Flint had lead levels exceeding what can be treated by the free filters handed out to residents.

The EPA says the currently approved filters only filter lead up to 150 parts per billion, but the highest reading of lead measured from the 3,900 samples was 4,000 per billion.

The samples taken from those homes will be re-tested for accuracy.

The results could be released as soon as today. Water test kits are free for every Flint resident.

The other parts of the strategy outlined by the state Department of Environmental Quality include: testing the water in local schools and restaurants, as well as the constant testing of blood levels in Flint residents.

The state is also testing the quality of water as it travels through the city's water distribution system.