13:13 - Source: CNN
Michigan Gov.: "Common sense was missing" in Flint

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Test results are "much, much, better than...in August," Virginia Tech researcher says

"They are not inconsistent with other cities that meet" federal lead rules, he adds

But "people should keep using their lead filters and bottled water, until further notice," he says

CNN  — 

Federal officials said Michigan and Flint leaders are not doing enough to comply with an emergency order on lead contamination in the city’s drinking water.

New test results on lead in Flint water show much improvement compared with when the group measured the water back in August, Virginia Tech researcher Marc Edwards said Friday.

“At first glance they look bad, but they are not inconsistent with other cities that meet the federal lead and copper rule,” Edwards told CNN in an email.

Nevertheless, Edwards cautioned, “people should keep using their lead filters and bottled water until further notice.

“Everyone agrees that we should assume the water is unsafe,” Edwards said.

Testing was conducted between last October 3 and February 15, and of 10,227 homes examined, 597 residences showed lead levels between 15 and 100 parts per billion; 33 homes between 101 and 149 parts per billion; 90 others between 150 and over 10,000 parts per billion, according to a report from the state of Michigan.

Edwards is the lead researcher for the Flint Water Study, a research group that has conducted numerous tests on Flint’s system and was the first to publicly identify high levels of lead in the water last year.

Weaver said she wants the replacement of the city’s lead pipes to begin next week so that the community can have clean water as soon as possible.

The governor also favored speedy pipe replacement, but it’s part of multistep process.

“I don’t know if I’d want to say next week or not, but we’re talking a very short timeline to start having some pipes replaced in the community,” the governor said.