Officials with Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have announced that lead levels in the tainted water supply of the city of Flint are now within federal safety standards. However, they also advised residents of the city to avoid the drinking water, until lead-tainted pipes are replaced.
DEQ reported that the drinking water was below lead levels considered dangerous, and thus safe to drink. But the pipes that carried the water may still be contaminated, and must be replaced before officials can safely recommend its consumption.
Some Flint residents remain skeptical. “You cannot tell me the water is safe because you have not tested every home,” local resident Melissa Mays told the AP. “There’s still lead in the system.”