Flint to take over water monitoring from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

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FLINT (WJRT) (6/19/2018) - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is taking another step in pulling back resources after the Flint water crisis.

Beginning July 1, the city of Flint will be responsible for conducting its own water testing to ensure compliance with the federal Lead and Copper Rule.

The state took over testing for metals in the drinking water supply in January 2016, when the Flint water crisis was officially declared. It continued providing the tests at no charge for two and a half years.

In a letter to Flint Department of Public Works Director Rob Bincsik, the Department of Environmental Quality announced the state-funded tests will end at the end of this month.

Most other cities in Michigan are required to pay for their own Lead and Copper Rule testing. The city must conduct testing to determine the amount of lead and copper in the water every six months until a year after the lead service line replacement effort concludes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires municipal water systems contain no more than 15 parts per billion of copper or lead particles.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration recently proposed lowering that limit to 12 parts per billion for Michigan.