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Michigan to adopt stricter water testing protocol

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The State of Michigan is changing how it tests for lead in the water. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a campaign to make the public aware of the stricter testing protocol Wednesday. Abigail Censky has more.

The new changes to test drinking water lead will require residents to take samples from the first and fifth liter of tap water.

Previously to test for lead in drinking water residents would only test the first liter. The new method means health officials will be able to “see” deeper into the pipes, but will likely mean higher lead levels. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan residents shouldn’t be alarmed.

“And I think it’s important for us to make sure that he public understands that the existing water quality for residents won’t have changed but our testing requirements will have.”

The new testing procedures are part of a package of changes aimed at protecting Michigan Drinking water.  Last year, lawmakers voted to remove all lead service lines in the state over the next 20 years.