US regulators will audit Michigan's drinking water program

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - (11/10/15) - The federal government says it will conduct an audit of how the state of Michigan oversees public water supplies.

The audit announced Tuesday is in response to the water crisis in Flint. The city switched water sources in 2014, and the corrosive water released lead from old pipes.

Gov. Rick Snyder's Department of Environmental Quality acknowledges that drinking water rules were not followed when Flint made the switch to the Flint River. Flint now gets water from the Detroit system.

The EPA says it will investigate how Michigan enforces rules on lead, copper and nitrates and will identify ways to possibly strengthen state oversight.

The audit will take several months and will be released to the public.

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