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Is there something wrong with Flint's water heaters?

A collage of the Flint River
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Flint River (images on left), Flint Water Treatment Plant (images on right)

The governor’s Flint water crisis task force is turning its attention to the city’s hot water heaters.

Some people in Flint say the city’s tainted water has damaged their hot water heaters.  Some claim their tanks have exploded.
“Tanks blow up for a lot of reasons," says Mike Zimmer, the director of the state department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.   He’s heading a sub-committee looking into Flint’s water heaters.  
Zimmer says they have a lot of questions to answer. 
“What are the possible impacts? What kind of testing and sampling protocols should we do? If we need to do that?" says Zimmer. 
The panel's report is due next month.
Meanwhile, Zimmer says homeowners should flush their hot water heaters, as part of regular maintenance.

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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