Researchers, students develop website and app to help Flint residents

Published: Dec. 8, 2016 at 5:59 PM EST
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(12/08/16) - Local researchers and students have been working for months on a new website and app that gives Flint residents easy, one-click access to water crisis resources.

The effort was funded by and led by the University of Michigan-Flint.

The My Water Flint site compiles data to show lead-level testing results and much more.

Developers say they hope it fosters a sense of hope and involvement to eventually end the crisis.

"It will help the crisis. It will give more data to the decision makers, they can think, ‘OK, we can do this here,’" said Mark Allison, assistant professor of Computer Science at UM-Flint.

"So far we've brought in a few Flint residents just to use the app and it was overwhelmingly positive, just to see all the resources are, see their neighbor’s test results,” said Adam Powell, a senior at UM-Flint.

Students who worked on the site say it feels good to give back to the community while also getting real-world experience.

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