EPA Administrator Describes Challenges of Getting Safe Drinking Water to Flint

Systematic issues-that’s how the nation’s top environmental regulator is describing the challenge of getting long-term, safe drinking water in Flint.

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says Flint’s distribution system is too big, meaning water doesn’t move fast enough through pipes and that could prevent chlorine from fighting disease-causing pathogens.

She also alerted Governor Snyder and flint mayor Karen Weaver that Flint’s water plant is understaffed and lacks enough experienced employees.

The governor’s office says the state is supporting Flint until the city chooses a new water source and how it will be managed.

Flint’s been dealing with contaminated water since lead leached into the supply from aging pipes.