The Flint water contamination scandal could result in stricter rules and potentially cost water utility companies nationwide some $300 billion in infrastructure upgrades to remove all lead pipelines to insure the quality of H2O provision for American households. Elevated lead levels in children can cause adverse health effects, developmental delays, and emotional and behavioral problems.
This layer was stripped out of the pipes when the city started drawing the more corrosive Flint River water in the spring of 2014 without properly treating it.
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is among more than two dozen congressional Democrats visiting Flint to hear from families affected by the MI city's ongoing water crisis.
This Jan. 21, 2016 photo shows the water tower at the Flint, Mich., water plant.
Anything over 15 parts per billion is considered risky.
"Our take on it is, how do we get solutions for people who are there, how do we make sure that people who are there are going to have clean water?" he said.
And this isn't even the worst case, according to the county health department.
In its note, Fitch also cited the many lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of Flint residents.
"All of a sudden it just hit me that someone four hours from where I was sitting wasn't able to do that", she said. "I couldn't believe that".
Asked about Flint in Thursday's GOP debate in Detroit, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said "all of us are outraged by what happened" but added that Snyder "took responsibility". They're monitoring the city's water supply to see whether a protective layer of phosphates are building up in the pipes.
Mayor Karen Weaver says work starting Friday will target lead service lines at homes in neighborhoods with the highest number of children under 6 years old, senior citizens, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems and homes where water tests indicate high levels of lead at the tap. Similar problems with aging pipes have cropped up in several states since the Flint crisis became known past year. Record-keeping in Flint was so poor, officials are unsure.
Water contaminated with lead in Flint, Michigan, has been in the headlines for months. But none of that is for the replacement of lead service lines.
The study team was lead by Professor Marc Edwards.
Some local, state and federal officials knew there were serious problems with Flint's water long before they switched the water source back, according to recent reports.
Other DEQ shortcomings it noted included failure to ensure that Flint drew enough water samples for testing from high-risk homes with lead pipes or fixtures. She said she's been following the Flint water crisis from afar.
As a state lawmaker, Bernero urged Flint to build lead pipe replacement into its budget.
While the city remains under the federal state of emergency, Governor Rick Snyder issued an apology and allocated millions towards medical care and infrastructure upgrades.