It is clear that Edwards feels that the pipes are better after thorough flushing to clean the pipes out. He said that he is not sure, however, until they do more sampling. Edwards also added that the EPA still advises residents to use bottled water, and that they should know by early August if if the water has improved more. This was the information given forth today by Edwards.
To be honest, the concept of a protective coating forming on leached out, and corroded pipes throughout the entire city after the correct chemicals were added to the water sounds far-fetched. I'm no water expert, but come on. I still say, as do many others, that THE PIPES ALL NEED TO BE REPLACED! It just doesn't seem logical to me that a uniform layer of protective coating can be evenly dispersed throughout the water infrastructure of Flint. I mean I imagine that some lines are more damaged, corroded and leached out than other lines. If one cannot see inside the pipes underneath their homes then how can anyone know for sure.. People will say that is where the water testing comes into play. But, I have read that levels of contamination in service lines may vary from time to time. How are people to really know if their drinking and bathing water is truly safe?
Mayor Weavers Fast Start initiative to replace all service lines has stalled. Please don't tell me that it has to do with saving money. Surely, human lives are more important than money, right? Dear god, I hope so.
As for Marc Edwards, Water Defense and the EPA, it's hard to know who to trust these days in regard to the Flint Water Crisis. For the sake of everyone in Flint, replace the water service lines and put an end to the speculation.
Purple Walrus Press