Flint mayoral candidates talk water as election heats up

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/08/15) - The Flint Mayoral election is heating up as candidates talk water.

Mayor Dayne Walling and Karen Weaver are weighing in on water quality.

This comes as independent researchers from Virginia Tech University claim there are high levels of lead in the water supply from the samples they've taken.

Weaver held a news conference Tuesday, where she said Flint residents are being "poisoned" by the water. She cited the recent study done by researchers at Virginia Tech University.

They've been analyzing Flint's water the last couple months and claim that their samples show unsafe levels of lead.

Weaver had her own water tested by the researchers. She said they told her not to drink it because of lead contamination.

She is taking her plea for help all the way to the White House by sending letters to state and federal officials, asking for help.

"We need to do something to show the people that we care, to relieve the citizens and let them know their voices have been heard," Weaver said.

This isn't the first time Washington D.C. has been called on. In February, Walling called on the Obama Administration to intervene in Flint's water worries.

"What we need is investment from the federal government and that's what I've called on," Walling said.

As the election gets closer, Walling is pointing to all the work the City of Flint has done to improve water quality.

"Karen Weaver as a candidate is new to these issues and we are way ahead of what she is talking about today," Walling said.

Walling acknowledges the research from Virginia Tech University. He maintains that the City of Flint is in compliance with all state and federal guidelines.

Weaver said she hasn't gotten any replies from the letters she sent out yet, but she's going to keep trying until she gets some answers from Washington.

The researchers from Virginia Tech University will be in Flint next week.

They will present their findings from the lead study at a Townhall Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Saints of God Church in Flint. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

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