State releases preliminary findings on blood lead levels in Flint

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FLINT ( WJRT)- (12/4/15)- Dayton just moved to the Flint area from Macon, Georgia and can't believe the problems happening with the city's water in this day and age.

" Since the time I moved up here, they were talking about how high the water bill and stuff like that was. Then I tried to get a house, got an apartment because they were saying I had to pay $400 for a water deposit for water I can't even drink. And plus they're saying don't give it to your animals so I mean, what is that," Dayton said.

Dayton knows a lot of people who tell him that maintaining clean water in their home is putting a dent in their wallet.

" Replacing those filters, you have to go to the store and buy them and sometimes you don't know how long the filters last and how much lead is getting through the water. So yeah, I think it really is costly," Dayton said.

This week, the state released their latest findings on blood lead levels. According to the Department of Health and Human Services 2.2% of adults and children tested in Flint since October had elevated blood lead levels.

Syreeda Nix just recently moved to Detroit from Flint. She says the cost of living in Flint during the water emergency was high.

" When I lived here it was an expense. And it was a bother because when I ran out I'd have to go to the store and buy another bottle of water. I mean, even my dog was being given bottled water. I just hope that they maybe take steps to modernize the infrastructure.and replace the pipes that are causing the issue," Nix said.

MDHHS continues to provide free water filters and replacement cartridges to Flint residents at four locations, including the MDHHS Flint offices and the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department.

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