Blood & Water Testing
To get your water tested, simply pick up a water test kit at Flint City hall. Watch the video found HERE for instructions on how to collect the sample.
Having your blood checked by your primary care physician is the best option. If you do not have a primary care doctor, please click here for information on how to obtain a primary care doctor. For those unable to visit the doctor or can not afford the test:
Children ages 0 – 17 can get their blood lead level tested at community clinics or at the Genesee County Health Department Burton Health Center G-3373 S. Saginaw Street, Burton, Michigan 48529. Phone: (810) 257-3833. Hours are 8-11 am and 1-3 pm, Monday through Friday. Hours may vary; parents should call 810-257-3833 for information. A parent or legal guardian must be present at the time of service.
Adults ages 18 can get their blood lead level tested at the Genesee County Health Department located at 630. S. Saginaw St, Suite 4, Flint 48502. Hours are 8-11 am and 1-4 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; Tuesday hours are 1-4 pm.
Advanced Care Pharmacy:
- Address: 420 West fifth Avenue, Flint 48503
- Hours testing is offered: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
- Cost: Free, does not bill insurance
- No appointment needed
- Results provided that day
- Address: 3097 North Genesee Rd, Flint 48506
- Hours testing is offered: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Sat 9am-2pm
- Cost: Free, will not bill insurance
- No appointment needed
- Results provided that day
Lead only stays in the blood stream for 28 -30 days before moving into organs, bones or leaving the body. If your blood test is negative, it doesn’t necessarily mean you weren’t affected by the lead. It just means you are not currently being exposed. If you drank unfiltered City of Flint water from April 2014 – present you should assume you had past lead exposure.
Flint resident Allen Gilbert visited the MDEQ lab to see what happens with the water testing kits Flint residents use in their homes. NBC 25 followed and the story can be found here.
The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) are testing Flint’s water.
- Residential testing – Water testing is completed weekly in the City’s distribution system. In addition, testing is conducted for any resident in the City. An in‑home visit by MDEQ and MDHHS staff occurs for water test results greater than 100 parts per billion (ppb). The MDEQ evaluates fixtures, installs filters, and discusses the need to clean aerators. The MDHHS evaluates health issues and offers advice on other lead exposures in the home. Since February 4, 2016, home visits occur within 7 days when test results are greater than 100 ppb and are conducted within 48 hours when greater than 150 ppb.Results will be mailed to your home and can be found here http://www.michigan.gov/flintwater
- School testing – All schools, daycares, health care facilities, and foster care facilities were sampled by the MDEQ. The DLARA replaced 1,431 fixtures during a two-phase fixture replacement program. At each facility, MDEQ staff coordinated flushing and conducted before and after fixture replacement sampling. As of August 30, 2016, the MDEQ has conducted post-fixture replacement sampling at 96.3 percent of the facilities in the City.
- Elevated blood lead level testing – When MDHHS identifies residents with elevated blood lead levels, the residents are offered a free evaluation of their home to identify potential exposure pathways. Water testing is also conducted in the home.
- Food service establishments – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) sent staff to collect samples from food service establishments to see if the water used in soft drink dispensers, ice machines, coffee machines, and other similar equipment contains high lead levels. The MDEQ analyzed the samples and sent reports to the MDARD for any needed follow up.
- Sentinel sampling – Between February and April 2016, over 650 residents participated in a biweekly water sampling program to determine the trends in lead concentrations in the drinking water and to assess corrosion control effectiveness. MDEQ staff coordinated the drop-off and pickup of the samples, conducted analyses, and reported results. Monthly extended sentinel sampling involving approximately 160 residents began in May 2016. The 90th percentile of the most recent extended sentinel sampling results is under the federal action level, Showing significant improvement in water quality and corrosion control effectiveness since implementing the sentinel program in February.
Current and on-going sampling
- Chlorine Monitoring: EPA is collecting samples at businesses and homes throughout Flint to determine chlorine levels in the drinking water system. Chlorine is used to disinfect drinking water and prevent the growth of viruses and bacteria such as E. coli. At appropriate levels, the presence of chlorine in drinking water is normal. At monitoring locations where chlorine is low, EPA follows up with testing for microbial contamination.
- Sequential Sampling for Lead Assessment: EPA is sampling for lead in drinking water in Flint homes. At leach location, a sequential series of 15-20 water samples is collected, each representing a length of pipe from the home to the water main. This type of sampling looks at different plumbing materials to evaluate sources of lead in drinking water. Sequential samples will be collected every two months at select homes to determine whether or not corrosion control is working throughout the water system.
Past sampling efforts
- Testing In-Home Lead Filters: NSF-certified lead removal filters are being distributed in Flint by the State of Michigan to remove lead from household water and make it safe for people to drink. EPA sampled drinking water in households to test the effectiveness of these filters at removing lead at high concentrations. Samples were also analyzed for 13 total metals, pH and chlorine. EPA sampling results show that lead-removal filters are working as expected in Flint homes. EPA continues to recommend that Flint residents use NSF-certified filters in their homes.
- Hot Water Sampling: EPA sampled cold and hot water in homes to determine the impact of stagnation and heat on drinking water quality. Water samples were analyzed for: 13 total metals (including lead and copper), chlorine, pH.
- Health Concern Sampling: EPA collected water samples from homes participating in a study being conducted by health agencies. Water samples were collected from kitchen and bathroom fixtures at different temperatures and analyzed for: 24 total metals (including lead and copper), chloride, sulfate, fluoride, chlorine, pH.
- At select homes, water samples were collected at different temperatures and analyzed for additional organic compounds, including disinfection byproducts and trihalomethanes (THM). Water quality data was provided to health agencies for evaluation and communication with residents.
More details and maps can be found here: www.epa.gov/flint/flint-water-sampling-efforts