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After two years, Flint's bottled water distribution program ends

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

After several hectic days, the state has permanently closed four water distribution centers in Flint.

Demand for bottled water soared after Gov. Snyder announced last Friday that the state program was ending. The last of case of bottled water was handed out late today.

The state has distributed millions of cases of bottled water over the past two years. 

But state officials say tests show Flint’s tap water is well within federal and state quality standards.

“The city of Flint’s water quality has tested below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) for nearly two years, representing four consecutive six-month monitoring periods,” says state spokeswoman Tiffany Brown. “Preliminary data for the first half of the current six-month monitoring period shows that 90 percent of the Tier I (high-risk) samples collected are at or below four parts per billion (ppb), which is well below the federal action level of 15 ppb.” 

Flint city officials and residents say they want the program to continue.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has asked for a meeting with Gov. Snyder to discuss the bottled water distribution program. 

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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