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Independent tests show Flint water quality is improving

April 13, 2018

Flint resident JoJo Freeman wears the words Flint backwards on her face as eye black, as she loads onto the bus to protest at the state capitol on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Salem Lutheran Church in Flint. A group of more than 50 Flint residents joined to protest less than 24 hours after the closure of the city's last four water distribution sites on Tuesday. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Independent tests are confirming that water quality in Flint has improved.

The tests were required under a legal settlement between the state of Michigan and Flint residents. The Natural Resources Defense Council said Friday that tests at 92 homes showed lead levels far below the federal action level of 15 parts per billion.

NRDC attorney Dimple Chaudhary says the results “are promising.” The work was performed by Susan Masten of Michigan State University.

Gov. Rick Snyder last week cited water quality as a reason to stop offering free bottled water. The decision isn’t unanimous. Mayor Karen Weaver wants free water until all pipes are replaced at homes, a job that will last another 18 months or more.

Protesters gathered at the state Capitol this week to criticize Snyder’s decision.

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