Advice to Flint Residents
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree that there is no known safe blood lead level in children. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children. Until sufficient information is gained to determine when the water is safe to drink, EPA and CDC recommend that people only consume bottled or filtered water.
To get your water tested for free
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Flint Water Plant: 810-787-6537
For free bottled water, filters and home water testing kits
Please see our fact sheets or call EPA's local Flint hotline: 810-434-5122
Questions about safe water
Call EPA's hotline: 810-434-5122
Health questions (including skin rashes or blood tests)
Rashes: You can contact your primary
care provider, or call 2-1-1
Blood tests: You can contact your primary
care provider, or call 810-257-3833
Appearance or odor of your water
Call Flint Water Plant: 810-787-6537
Cleaning Faucet Aerators
Many taps have an aerator as part of the faucet assembly. Aerator screens are not intended to remove contaminants in the water, but may trap sediment or debris as water passes through the faucet. Lead-bearing sediment may end up in drinking water from physical corrosion of leaded solder and can build up in the aerator over time. EPA recommends Flint resdients clean faucet aerators weekly.
How to Use a Faucet-Mounted Water Filter
These are simplified instructions. For complete directions, refer to the owner's manual.
- Both unfiltered and filtered water can run with the filter attached.
- For filtered water, switch the lever so water will flow under the new cartridge.
- The filter also has a screen that should be cleaned weekly.
Identifying Lead Service Lines
If the plumbing in your home is accessible, you may be able to inspect your own plumbing. Otherwise, call your water provider or hire a plumber.
Some common situations (click to enlarge images):
Your house might also have a short segment of lead pipe — commonly called a "lead gooseneck" — that connects the water main to the service line. You cannot inspect the gooseneck since it is under the street.