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Flint residents urged to run water to flush any lead from plumbing

Apr 16, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Flint residents are being urged to run water in tubs and kitchens each day to flush any lead and coat the pipes with chemical protection.

Credit steve carmody / Michigan Radio

  The announcement was made Saturday at a forum attended by state and federal officials. The state of Michigan says it will pay for the extra water use, which starts May 1 and lasts for two weeks.

  The cost is expected to be $300,000.

  Flint still is recovering from using the Flint River for 18 months without corrosion control. The water leached lead from old plumbing.

  Residents are being urged to run cold water in the tub and kitchen for five minutes a day. Any kitchen filter should be removed during the flushing.