FLINT TWP. – Add Carman- Ainsworth Schools to the list of area establishments that have issued public advisories about its water source. Many schools in Flint are being supplied with bottled water due to a high-lead contamination problem in Flint water first reported at the start of the school year. The City of Flint’s water crisis dates back to April 2014 when it switched from Detroit water to Flint River water to save money, until construction of a new pipeline is completed. Flint switched back to Detroit water in October 2015 after doctors began reporting spiking levels of lead poisoning in children, which can cause long-term health problems.
Flint’s water crisis rose to national media attention last month and with it came increased concerns about who is affected. Records indicate that some residents and businesses located near the Flint border are supplied by Flint water. The majority of the township is not. For clarification earlier this month, C-A Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff sent out a letter of reassurance to parents and guardians.
“First let me be clear that NONE of the Carman-Ainsworth school buildings are on the Flint City Water System, “he wrote.
His itemized list informed that the high school, most elementary schools and other buildings are supplied by Flint Township water which comes from Detroit. Rankin Elementary in Mundy Township gets water from a well and Dillon Elementary gets water from the City of Burton.
Flint ongoing lead contamination problem is being attributed to lack of corrosion control during the 18 months it was using Flint River water.
Tunnicliff acknowledged that though none of its buildings were impacted by the Flint water situation many of its students and their families may be. The district accepts non-township students through its Schools of Choice open enrollment plan.
Tunnicliff also provided a detailed Fact Sheet from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that answers many frequently asked questions about lead in Flint water including that it cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. The only way to determine if a household has high lead levels is to have the water tested. The Flint Waters Department provides a free or low cost test and can be reached at 1-810-787-6537.