Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rush to flush

State urges Flint residents to run water, will cover bills

DALE G. YOUNG

Detroit News

Detroit News

Flint residents will not be charged for their water usage in May as part of an aggressive effort to encourage them to move more water through the system as part of a city-wide flushing effort. Federal, state and local officials announced Thursday an effort to help flush the system of loose lead particles. Residents are being encouraged to run cold water in bathtubs and kitchens for five minutes every day for 14 days this month.

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Waukesha must limit growth for Great Lakes water

Journal Sentinel

The City of Waukesha, Wis., must accept strict limits to growth — with no outward expansion beyond its existing borders — in exchange for Lake Michigan water. That is the consensus of representatives of eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces reviewing the city's unprecedented application for a diversion of water outside the Lake Michigan watershed.

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Ohio bills seek to tighten lead notification rules

The Plain Dealer

The Ohio House unanimously approved a bill strengthening state rules about lead contamination in water. Currently, homeowners must be notified within 30 days of unsafe lead levels in their water. House Bill 512 would cut the notification period to two business days and allow the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to step in if water systems don't properly notify residents.

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