Cleveland Water Department: "Our water will always be safe"
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Michigan House of Representatives has approved Governor Rick Snyder's request for $28 million to deal with Flint's drinking water crisis.
The measure moves to the Senate for action next week.
Snyder says the Michigan department of environmental quality and the federal E-P-A didn't properly address the problem of lead contaminated water when they learned about it early last year.
He's also deployed the National Guard to distribute lead tests, filters and bottled water.
Flint's situation has made many in Cleveland wonder if this kind of emergency could happen in our communities and how our water department makes sure what comes out of your tap is safe to drink.
"We don't know a lot of details about Flint but as long as we remain constant in what we're doing, without dramatic changes in the treatment process, we hold the course if you will, then nothing like this should happen in the Cleveland system," said Alex Margevicius, Interim Commissioner Cleveland Division of Water.
Workers at The Cleveland Water Department say Cleveland is blessed by our source of water---Lake Erie. They say the water quality is good, constant and steady. It's tested regularly for lead.
"The key thing that we do is the orthophosphate addition to the water that makes sure it coats the pipes and prevents any lead from getting into the water supply," said Margevicius.
In the last 10 years, the City has spent $650 million to upgrade the water plants. There have also been upgrades on the digital platform: the Water Department maintains a website and blog where you can access news and reports about the water.
But city leaders say, rest assured: Cleveland passes with flying colors.
"We have high confidence that we'll always be meeting requirements regarding lead. Our water will always be safe," said Margevicius.
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