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Flint doctors raise concern about water filter effectiveness

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
The Genesee County Medical Society urges caution before allowing children under 6 and pregnant women to drink filtered tap water in Flint

The Genesee County Medical Society suggests pregnant women and children under 6 in Flint should stick to bottled water until more tests are performed.

That's despite the fact that federal agencies claimed water filters are working to remove lead from Flint tap water.

"We finally have enough data to agree that the filters work so well to remove the lead that everyone in Flint -- even pregnant women, nursing moms and young children -- can used filtered water here," Dr. Nicole Laurie, leader of the federal response to the Flint water crisis, told reporters last week.

Dr. PinoColone is the president of the Medical Society.  He insists the society’s notice is not “opposing” the feds' position on filters. 

Colone says it's important Flint residents fully understand what’s considered “safe”.   He says it’s crucial that filters are properly installed, and lead levels checked.

“Levels in the water supply can fluctuate from time to time,” says Colone. 

Colone wants to see more test results, especially after a highly publicized flushing program in May.

He says it's possible that lead sediment could cause a spike in lead levels.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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