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VA Tech Research team on their way to Flint with their Aquasana Active bottles

Virginia Tech’s research team was the first to raise the flag of concern in Flint, Michigan. We were talking about lead in the water long before lawmakers acknowledged the truth. Our work uncovered, documented and proved the water was unsafe to drink, even as government officials promised otherwise. Virginia Tech’s research work lead officials to reconnect the water source back to Detroit’s water system, amid an apology from the governor and a resignation of a top water control officer. Our work in Flint began with a phone call from a concerned mother. Our work is far from finished. We are now looking at water quality and solutions to ensure the people who live in Flint can trust the water they drink is safe.

We are back in Flint this week. Not pointing fingers, but looking at the future. We need to find solutions both for the people who live here and for people who live elsewhere and may not know they have lead in their drinking water.

The Virginia Tech Research Team is an independent research team from Virginia Tech (VT), volunteering our time, resources and expertise to help resolve scientific uncertainties associated with drinking water issues being reported in the City of Flint, MI.

Team members Clark, Devine, Garner, Ji, Mantha, Martin, Masters, Metch, Nystrom, Rhoads, Richards, Roy, Tang and Zhu have also taken a graduate-level course, “Engineering Ethics and the Public.” Developed and Taught by Drs. Yanna Lambrinidou (Founder, Parents for Non-toxic Alternatives and Affiliate Faculty with the Science and Technology Studies program, VT) and Marc Edwards (Professor of Civil Engineering, VT), the course teaches an ethos of public engagement and care. Interviews and interactions conducted with the community and the stakeholders are, therefore, grounded in current ethnographic research and tools developed by Dr. Lambrinidou.

We will continue to monitor the situation here in Flint and we hope that there is a resolution to this crisis.

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