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For Immediate Release

Jackie Filson -, 202-683-2538

Food & Water Watch Warns: Flint Water Crisis Not Over, No Amount of Lead Is Safe

Statement of Mary Grant, Public Water for All Campaign Director, Food & Water Watch

Detroit, MI

"While the Virginia Tech College of Engineering's finding of decreased lead levels in the water in Flint, Michigan seems encouraging, it does not mean the water crisis is over. Flint water still contains 'an average lead reading...of 8.3 parts per billion' and we know that any level of lead is not safe."

Our elected officials should not be celebrating this improvement in water lead levels as the end to a long-established crisis. We need to make sure that all lead pipes in Flint and across the country are replaced, and we need a major federal investment in our public water infrastructure with money prioritized to struggling communities like Flint."

The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act (HR 1673) is the most comprehensive approach to improving our water systems. This visionary piece of legislation will help address the water crisis in Flint and the water issues we face across the nation. It's time to truly invest in our communities, address water infrastructure challenges, and ensure that every person has access to safe, clean and affordable water once and for all."

Food & Water Watch mobilizes regular people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people's health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

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