Flint water crisis - Water filter for Hot water heater?


There are many systems on the market that could make the tap water safe to drink, but there is no one size fits all solution. These systems also range into the tens of thousands of dollars. You would need to get your water tested by an independent lab to determine what the quality is, and then you would need to have a system designed that will fit your needs. In your situation, you would need a system that has multiple stages in it.

Here is a list of components that would most likely be needed. If you are working with a professional, you may find that some of these are optional. There are also other types of filters on the market which are not listed that could work instead.

This list is respective to the flow of water that is coming from the city.

Whole house sediment pre-filter - This will remove the largest particles out of the water such as sand, rust deposits, etc.

Whole house sediment filter - This filter captures smaller particles than the...

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Greetings W4W Family,

Many of you have reached out asking for us to respond to the current water crisis in Flint, Michigan. After rigorous analysis of the situation, we’d like to take this opportunity to shed some light on it and formally announce that we will not be responding.

Here’s why…

Being that we are a water focused US based NGO, as soon as the news broke about the Flint crisis we started our normal intel-gathering process to build a response plan. That said, since this has happened in a country that, for the most part, has proper infrastructure in place, we naturally wanted to be extra sure that our program was a good fit.

The last thing we want to be is an “ambulance-chaser” type org that jumps at every calamity even if it’s not the right fit. For many years, Waves For Water has been helping families around the world gain abundant access to safe drinking water. Organizations, corporations, UN, US Army, and the private...

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President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for Flint, Michigan. This new development comes a day after Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced last Friday that he’ll be opening an extra large can of justice with a detailed investigation to determine whether any state laws were violated in connection to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

“The situation in Flint is a human tragedy in which families are struggling with even the most basic parts of daily life. While everyone acknowledges that mistakes were made, my duty as attorney general requires that I conduct this investigation.” – Bill Schuette

The President’s declaration may come as a disappointment for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who was seeking the status of a major disaster for the city of Flint (and not his political career). With Flint now in a federally declared state of emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is finally authorized to help coordinate all...

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Actual Flint, Michigan drinking water. photo via MLive.com

This Just In (updated 2/12/16) Gov. Snyder, after ‘choosing’ not to testify before a House Democratic subcommittee, has agreed to testify under oath. CLICK HERE for a statement from Congressman Dan Kildee (Dem-MI)

This Just In (Updated 2/10/16): On Legionnaire’s Disease.

Of late, the issue of Legionnaire’s Disease has been conflated with the leaded water of the Flint Water Crisis. A bit of clarity is in order.

Legionnaire’s disease is a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella There are at least 45 named species of Legionella and around 19 are known to be pathogenic upon humans (Muder and Yu, 2002). Legionella is a common, water-borne bacteria. It occurs naturally in freshwater environments such as ponds, lakes, and streams. In untreated man-made water systems: hot water heaters, storage tanks and pipes, cooling towers, decorative fountains, or hot tubs, Legionella can readily reproduce. It is...
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You’ve likely heard of the terrible water crisis currently afflicting the city of Flint, Michigan, in the United States. The city’s water supply contains very high levels of lead, which is well-known to cause serious health issues. This lead is coming from the pipes that bring water to the city from the Flint River, but how is it getting into the water that the residents are drinking? Here’s a few quick explanations to some of the chemistry-related questions surrounding the story.

Why is lead leaching into the water?

Flint made the switch to getting its water from the Flint River back in April 2014, as a money-saving exercise. Previously it got its water from Detroit, which cost the city millions of dollars. The issue is that the water from the Flint River is naturally quite corrosive; it contains relatively high levels of dissolved chloride ions (about 8 times more than the Detroit water) which can cause metals such as iron and lead to leach into the water....

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I’m just super fucking bitter that once the flint water crisis got it’s 15 minutes of fame people stopped giving a shit. The water is still poisoned, people! Donations have plummeted and people have been forced back into drinking and bathing with the water! The medical effects of this are astounding, cases of legionnaires disease have skyrocketed, people are having seizures, people are having weird rashes break out over their body, people (including me!) are having their blood poisoned, and it’s not just lead! it’s coliform bacteria! it’s THMs! it’s all in the water and it gets into the bloodstream and breaks down blood vessels, causing bruising and petechiae and internal bleeding and no one gives a shit anymore and it’s only gotten worse like how many people are going to have to die until people realize this is still a...

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Toward the end of last year, headlines blared news of the high levels of lead turning up in the blood of children in Flint, Michigan, a struggling industrial suburb of Detroit. Early coverage hewed closely to what had caused the problems in Flint itself—a switch in its water supplies, and the political and cost-saving machinations that drove that decision. But as we’ve learned more, Flint’s travails are yielding much broader implications.

These point further backward as well as forward in time, and far beyond Flint itself. Front and center among them are the questions raised about the environmental health of our society today, faced as we are with the legacies of a century and more of the massive use of lead. Recognized for centuries as a poison, the subtler ravages of lead have only recently become better known.

In the following roundtable, I and Amy Hay have gathered together reflections on Flint from six scholars—one engineer, two economists, and three...

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Although five months have passed since Flint, Michigan, changed its water supply because of problems with lead contamination and discolored drinking water, about 9 percent of the city’s sites tested positive for more than permissible amount of lead in water, the governor’s office said Tuesday. Meanwhile, a date of March 17 has been set for a judge to hear arguments on a request that seeks to stop Flint’s administration from charging the residents for water during the crisis, the Associated Press reported.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office said in a statement that 423 sites were tested, of which the lead concentration in 37 sites exceeded the limit of 15 parts per billion. Out of those, eight sites posted readings of over 100 parts per billion. The Flint administration's delayed response to the water contamination has triggered outrage in the region and led to calls of Snyder's resignation.

“There is still a lot of work to do and we will not be satisfied that the...

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Using a public water supply for drinking or bathing, is a decision that each and every one of us have to make every day based on trust, science and other factors.

The trust issue is critical and cannot be underestimated. After what occurred in Flint from 2014 to the present day, if residents decide to never use tap water again for cooking, bathing or showering, who could blame them? Or for that matter, who could blame those making a similar decision after having witnessed (or hearing about) the Flint water crisis? We have met with residents of Washington D.C. who decades after being misled about water safety by CDC, EPA and the local utility DC WASA, will never drink unfiltered tap water again. That strikes us as a perfectly reasonable and rational decision based on life experience. We would never try to “change your mind” on the issue of trust one way or another. We are very upset that certain agencies responsible for water safety in this country, have proven themselves...

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Two students are using 3D printing to combat the Flint water crisis. Can 3D Printed water filter “The Trunk” make a difference?

The Flint water crisis has mostly been a major debacle, and no one knows that better than Flint residents. Two students at local Kettering University have designed a 3D printed water filter for their city — and also for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers IAM3D Challenge.

The city of Flint first discovered lead contamination within their water source back in September 2015, and the State of Michigan declared a State of Emergency in January. Residents were instructed not to use the water without a filter — but some of those freely provided filters didn’t even properly fit certain faucets.

3D Printed Water Filter Makes Safety More Accessible

Students Kyle Mikols and Ryan Webster created “The Trunk” water filter in their rapid prototyping class, in a bid to create an accessible “foolproof” filter that could fit all, not...

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This timeline has been updated on

Oct 2, 2017 — entries are labeled [Up-1] Oct 3, 2017 — entries are labeled [Up-2] Oct 25, 2017 — entries are labeled [Up-3]

Note: We have collaborated with hundreds of Flint residents who have been truth seekers and truth speakers from the start– in our 2+ years of community engagement, we have only had problems with a few who seem to have other agendas. No matter what we discover about this particular case and those individuals, it does not detract from our collaborative success to date.

That said, the more we investigate the story of lead sinkers found in the plumbing of a Flint resident, the more sickening it appears to be. The following is a timeline of some key events starting in late June 2017 to present. We hope this helps you form your own opinions.

June 23, 2017. The Flint resident was interviewed by “journalist” Carly Hammond (of Jordan Chariton’s TATM “News”). She wishes her blood lead had been tested earlier,...

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