There’s some good news out of Flint, Mich.: members of a plumbers and pipefitters union have been installing new faucets and state-provided water filters, for free, in homes affected by the city’s water crisis. The new faucets were needed in some homes because the existing fixtures were too old to accommodate the filters.
The filters will help remove lead in the water and temporarily mitigate a problem caused when the city switched its drinking water source to the highly corrosive Flint River, which eroded ancient lead water mains and old interior plumbing lines, releasing the lead.
As we mentioned in a previous post, we’re keeping a close eye on the crisis in Flint so that we can learn from it. Our water is tested regularly to ensure it meets — and often exceeds — state and federal standards. However, if you have an older home, you may have interior lines or other fixtures that contain lead. By finding and replacing them, you can avoid the danger of lead leaching into your water. You can also help mitigate the risk by installing drinking water filters until you can have those older lines and fixtures replaced. If you’re unsure how to tackle the task, contact a licensed plumber.