- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A professor who tested Flint’s water says he wouldn’t use it for cooking or drinking unless it’s checked for lead.

Researchers at Virginia Tech University posted an online report Wednesday, saying Flint’s water is “creating a public health threat” in old homes that have lead pipes or pipes fused with lead solder.

The researchers say Flint’s water is very corrosive and is leaching lead from certain plumbing.

Engineering professor Marc Edwards says the problem appears to be too much chloride in the water, which comes from the Flint River. He tells The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1KssYmf ) that pregnant women or children under 6 should use bottled water.

In response, Flint insists it’s in compliance with state standards, although Mayor Dayne Walling says concerned residents can get their water tested for free.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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