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Lead Levels in Drinking Water in Flint, Michigan are Down to Safe Levels Now

Lead levels in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan are down and are now below the federal limits,  although officials there are still urging residents to use filtered water while they work to replace to the aging pipes. 

Test showed the lead levels were below the 12 parts per billion between July and December, Reuters is reporting. The threshold is 15 parts per billion.

Lead causes a number of health-related issues and especially in children whose brain’s are developing.

The problems started when the city switched water sources in April 2014; it had been Lake Huron but it then changed to the Flint River, which is more corrosive and it had damaged the city pipes that feed into the drinking water supplies.

Some Michigan officials are now under criminal indictment as a result of the events. Michigan prosecutors have charged four government officials with conspiracy to violate safety laws.

“This is not the end of our work in Flint, but it is one more step along the path toward Flint’s future,” said Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, as quoted in Reuters.

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