Virginia Tech researchers return to Flint this week, for possibly the last time
Researchers from Virginia Tech University will be back in Flint this week to test the city’s drinking water.
This is the fourth and possibly final time Virginia Tech researchers will be in town collecting water samples and testing them for lead.
The first round of tests conducted a year and a half ago revealed much higher than acceptable levels of lead in the tap water. Those test results helped spur the decision to switch Flint back to Detroit water, after the city spent 18 months getting its drinking water from the Flint River.
Virginia Tech’s most recent tests in July showed decreasing lead levels, but with a few extraordinarily high readings in some homes.
The next round of testing will involve 156 of the original 269 homes in the summer of 2015. A Virginia tech spokeswoman says some homeowners have moved and others have decided not to participate.