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Alert -Blackman Charter Township Water Does Not Meet Drinking Water Standards!

Posted on November 20, 2020 by

Michigan’s Blackman Charter Township officials announced on November 17, 2020 that the water system is not in compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule.  This means homes can experience high lead levels in their water.  Because lead is a highly toxic metal, it is important to take steps to reduce lead if you live in […]

PFAS

Posted on November 20, 2020 by

What We Know Since the 1940’s a number of products made to repel oil and water, as well as fire retardants, contain the man-made chemicals, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Today, PFAS are found in nonstick cookware,  flame- and water-resistant clothing, food wrappers, plumber’s tape, stain prevention products, and even coatings on wires. Unfortunately, now […]

States Lead the Way in Regulating Certain PFAS Due to Lack of Action at the Federal Level

Posted on November 4, 2020 by

Per- and polyflourinated substances (PFAS) can be found just about everywhere these days. Some of the first products that used PFAS were non-stick cookware.  PFAS can now be found in such items as clothes and shoes, carpets, couches, food wrappers, fire fighting foam and so much more. It also is found in our air, soil, […]

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Provides Funding for Lead Service Line Replacement

Posted on October 29, 2020 by

There are an estimated 6.1 to 9.3 million lead service lines – pipes carrying drinking water – across the country. Ohio is second in the nation for lead service lines at an estimated 650,000 lead service lines carrying water to families’ homes, second only to IL. While it is unclear how much money it will […]

Thank you Flint Community Lab Funders and Partners

Posted on October 13, 2020 by

“Our destiny is not written for us, it’s written by us” — Barack Obama Thanks to many, the vision for a trusted lab where residents could have their water tested for free by Flint residents and provide educational opportunities for youth in the sciences and technology is now a reality.  We are humbled and honored […]

Take Action NOW – Keep Tap Water ON During Covid-19!

Posted on October 9, 2020 by

Recently, the Michigan Supreme Court struck down Governor Whitmer’s moratorium on water shutoffs and restoration of water services to residents. NOW is not the time to resume water shutoffs – we are heading into flu season during a pandemic and the CDC says washing hands frequently is the best prevention to spreading COVID-19. COVID-19 has […]

The First Community-Based Laboratory of Its Kind in the World: The Flint Community Lab Celebrates Grand Opening

Posted on October 9, 2020 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2020 Media Contacts: Shelly Sparks, Flint Development Center – ssparks@flintdc.org /810-422-9833 Leslie Burk, Freshwater Future – leslie@freshwaterfuture.org /231-348-8200 Marcia Gray, Thermo Fisher Scientific/Nalgene Water Fund – mgray@graycreate.com /617-990-7720 The First Community-Based Laboratory of Its Kind in the World: The Flint Community Lab Celebrates Grand Opening Flint, MI – On Friday, […]

Flint Community Lab Celebrates Virtual Grand Opening – Livestreamed on October 9th, 2020!

Posted on October 2, 2020 by

On Friday, October 9th, 2020, 11:00am EST, Flint Community Lab partners, staff, and students along with funders and community leaders will celebrate the grand opening of The McKenzie Patrice Croom Flint Community Lab. The event will be livestreamed to protect public health and follow Covid-19 protocols. Join us as we celebrate the virtual grand opening […]

City of Toledo Receives EPA Grant to Utilize Artificial Intelligence to Identify Lead Water Lines

Posted on October 1, 2020 by

For years, Junction Coalition, a Toledo Community Organization, has partnered with Freshwater Future to tackle water related issues such as: lead service lines, harmful algae blooms (HABS), water disconnection, and many more water-related disparities that directly and indirectly impact minority and low-socioeconomic communities the most. Now, these groups and others are partnering to tackle lead […]

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