A report from the state of Michigan says that more than 96 percent of the water samples tested in high-risk homes in the city of Flint in November were below the federal lead threshold of 15 parts per billion, providing evidence of improvements in the system.
The results were announced Friday by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which said that the sampling marks the sixth straight time that water testing showed that Flint was in compliance with federal lead and copper regulations, MLive reports.
The state announced last week that the same November testing showed that 10 percent of the 83 homes tested in Flint at or above 8 parts per billion of lead or less, which is the lowest level that testing has shown in 2016. Just nine months ago, 10 percent of homes registered at 40 parts per billion or higher of lead, which is almost three times the federal limit.
"This latest round of tests is a clear indication of the continued improvement in the Flint water system, and encouraging news for everyone working to help the people of Flint move forward," Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said in a news release.
The improved water test results come just weeks before representatives from the city, DEQ and third-party experts meet at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review data and discuss the current status of Flint’s water system.
According to MLive, although the testing shows improved water quality, the DEQ is still advising residents to use faucet filters for drinking water “out of an abundance of caution while the lead service line replacement projects are underway.”
Read more at MLive.