Federal Watchdog Calls On EPA to Strengthen Drinking Water Systems

A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen drinking water systems in the wake of the Flint water crisis.

The report given to the EPA asks that they take steps now in order to react more quickly in times of public health emergencies.

Flint’s tap water first became contaminated in 2014 after officials made a money saving decision to switch from the Detroit system to the Flint River.

After the switch, some children were found to have elevated lead levels in their blood.

The EPA says it agrees with the recommendations and is working to adopt them.