Flint Residents Now Have a Boil-Water Advisory

It's a water main break, not related to lead crisis
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2016 7:30 AM CST
Flint Residents Now Have a Boil-Water Advisory
Volunteers load a vehicle with bottled water at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Friday in Flint, Mich.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Boil-water advisories aren't all that uncommon, but this one might have Flint residents feeling like they're the butt of a cosmic joke: A water main break has prompted the city to warn people to boil their water before drinking it. As CNN notes, this mostly applies to those using city water through filters installed on their taps in the wake of the lead crisis. But "residents not using a filter are asked to flush the water for at least seven minutes before collecting to boil," adds the Detroit News. The break resulted in a drop in water pressure that may have allowed bacteria into the system. As a headline at Fark succinctly puts it, "residents are being told to boil the water before they not drink it." (The mayor is promising that new pipes are in the works.)

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