Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Closer look at Flint

Study: Corrosion control failure likely cause of crisis

Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards shows the difference in water quality between Detroit and Flint in this Flint Journal file photo.

MLive.com

MLive.com

The Flint water crisis was most likely caused by the decision not to use corrosion inhibitors after the city changed its water source to the Flint River in 2014, a new report by Virginia Tech researchers says. The report says an evaluation of water lines servicing one home in Flint with very high levels of lead in water showed "destabilization of lead-bearing corrosion rust layers that accumulated over decades" on galvanized iron pipe.

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Minn. aims for 25 percent water quality boost

Star Tribune

Gov. Mark Dayton has set a bold new goal for Minnesotans: Slash water pollution 25 percent by 2025. Dayton argued that the threat to Minnesota’s fabled 10,000 lakes, rivers streams and wetlands is “a wider, deeper crisis” than the threat that mining poses to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It won’t be solved, he said, unless the public develops a clean water ethic.

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Bill would help replace lead pipes in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee and other cities around Wisconsin would get new tools for replacing lead water pipes, under draft legislation being circulated to lawmakers. The proposal by state Sen. Robert Cowles would give local water utilities more flexibility from state rules as they seek to do the work themselves. The toxic heavy metal lurks in at least 200,000 service lines all over Wisconsin.

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