HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) — New test results are in to see just how much lead is inside the water in Highland Park.
Though the problem is not as bad as once thought, there is still more work to be done.
Highland Park city leaders say five percent of a wider sample of homes tested positive for lead. That is lower than the 25 percent originally reported from a smaller sample of homes.
NEW RESULTS: Around 5% of homes in Highland Park tested positive for lead in the water, compared to 25% of homes on a smaller sample size. @MIHighlandPark mayor says now it's all about keeping people in the know. @wxyzdetroit #drinkingwater pic.twitter.com/zE7HlKBhIv— Ali Hoxie (@ali_hoxie) August 14, 2019
An informational meeting was held Tuesday night to update people on the new numbers – and also educate people on what they should do.
There is still more testing to be done – but it is expected to wrap up at the end of this month. The city says once testing is complete, they will have what they need to develop an action plan.
City leaders say so far nearly 2,000 water filters have been handed out. Now, the goal is to keep people informed.
“The people who want to know, should know, and the people who don’t know, the city should make sure they know," said Eno Smith, a Highland Park resident.
"We’re informing the people and we are going to keep them informed as we go we want to remedy this thing right away," Highland Park Mayor Hubert Yopp said.
The mayor says schools within the city have been tested.
There is one school where results are still pending. The water at all other schools came back clean.