“Flint water is still not safe to drink,” said Marc Edwards, Virginia Tech researcher and nationally renowned expert on municipal water quality. “The system is slowly improving. The more the residents use the water, the faster the system will heal.”
Throughout their spring break last month, a team of Virginia Tech civil and environmental engineering students from the College of Engineeringworked alongside Flint residents led by Lee-Anne Walters, a former Flint resident and hero-mom, to collect water samples for second round of lead and iron testing. The student team had previously worked with Flint residents in a historic sampling in summer 2015 that demonstrated serious lead in water contamination throughout the city.