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University of Michigan, Google create Flint water crisis app

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Michigan Radio

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan and Google have teamed up to create an app and website aimed at helping Flint residents and officials deal with the lead-contaminated water crisis.

  Mywater-Flint was developed by computer science researchers at the university's Flint and Ann Arbor campuses with Google's technical and financial support.

  The tools are designed to provide information about lead-testing results, water testing, where pipes have been replaced and the location of distribution centers for water and filters. Developers say they also can predict which homes are more likely to have higher lead levels based on age, location, value and size.

  Researchers say another goal is boosting transparency and trust for residents, many of whom have expressed anger and frustration since problems with their drinking water emerged.