Highland Park residents get water filters due to lead
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people have turned out to get free water filters in a Detroit-area community after tests revealed high lead levels in at least nine homes.
Highland Park residents have been urged to get their water tested. Anthony Forsyth had his hands full with filters Thursday after picking them up for people who couldn’t attend. He says he’s concerned about elderly people who can’t easily leave home.
City water director Damon Garrett is encouraging people to let tap water run for five minutes before drinking it. He says most homes have lead service lines. The city is replacing them but the process is slow and expensive.
Great Lakes Wine and Spirits says it’s donating nearly 12,000 bottles of water.
Mayor Hubert Yopp says Highland Park needs more help from the state. He says, “We will not sit by and become a Flint.”