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EPA Reminds Flint Residents to Take Steps to Reduce Potential Lead Contamination Hotline Established for Residents
Release Date: 02/01/2016
Contact Information: Peter Cassell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-859-9614
FLINT, MICH. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reminding Flint residents to take steps to remove debris that may have accumulated in faucet aerators, hot water heaters, and whole-house water filtration systems.
When water flows from the distribution system to your tap, many factors in the system and household plumbing can affect your water quality. EPA is recommending that homeowners take the following steps to reduce any potential lead contamination that may be present in the drinking water system:
· Residents should clean out their faucet aerators by unscrewing the aerator at the tip of the faucet, and removing any debris that has collected there. Aerators are located at the tip of household faucets and have a screen to collect particles and sediment. Until the system has recovered, EPA recommends that Flint residents clean aerators once a week.
· Flush hot water tanks to remove sediments that may have been deposited into the tank.
· Clean whole-house water filtration systems by flushing the system and changing the cartridge.
· Pregnant women and children under six should drink bottled water until they get results showing their water is below 150 parts per billion. After that point, they should only drink water that has been through an NSF-certified, lead removal filter.
Residents may contact the newly established hotline or email address for information about EPA’s water sampling efforts. The hotline will provide immediate, telephonic translation in multiple languages.
You can call EPA’s toll-free hotline at 800-426-4791, or email us at email@example.com to get answers to questions regarding EPA’s response.