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On January 16, 2016, President Obama signed an Emergency Declaration for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster- relief efforts for Flint, Michigan.  Not because of flooding, terrorism, earthquakes, or fracking, but because of the level of lead and other corrosion by-products in the city’s water.   In general, lead is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless metal, but there may be warning signs you have a problem with lead.  The warning signs come in two forms:


1. The water may have an occasional metallic or bitter taste. This would be especially true of the first flush from the piping.

2. The problem would be worse in the hot water, or if you know you have lead service lines.

3. The water may have a bluish appearance.  Not because of lead, but because of copper another corrosion by-product.

4. The plumbing fixtures may leach or show signs of corrosion. (Try Our Know Your H20 Phone App)


1. Lead exposure results in increased levels of lead in the blood, hair, fingernails, bones, and urine.

2. Chronic lead exposure for adults can be associated with neurological disease,  higher risk of cancer, stroke, and high blood pressure.

3. Lead exposure for children is a greater concern and can be associated with reduced body weight, premature birth, brain damage, behavioral problems, neurological disorder (seizures), and a lower IQ level in children.

What you can do?
Get your water tested and if your home was built before 1978 the home may contain lead or lead-based paint.  Have any peeling the paint in your home tested.

For More information, please visit:
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