Water You Fighting For formed in January 2015 with Melissa Mays and Lee-Anne Walters at the helm. Both are impacted parents of children with lead poisoning. Through their path of involvement and outreach they have worked alongside the Flint Water Study group lead by Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech. WYFF has been an instrumental voice for Flint residents and rallying local support throughout the situations encountered. Members from WYFF have spoke before Congress and numerous mainstream news reports.
Melissa Mays speaks in this Google hangout from October 29, 2015. The information shared continues to be relavent to residents and workers in the Flint Michigan area. People of all ages need to be checked. Anyone concerned about lead in their water supply could learn from this video.
Lead-Safe Home Program (MDHHS LSHP)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) does have a Lead-Safe Home Program which provides grants to reimburse families for expenses regarding lead testing in select communities across Michigan.
You may qualify if you:
- Have a child under 6 or a pregnant female living in the home
- Are a low-to-moderate income family
- Live in a home built before 1978
- Live in the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Macomb, Oakland, or the city of Detroit, OR elsewhere if your child has a lead level of 5 or above
- Own or rent the home
Begin the process by filling out the Lead Safe Home Program application in (PDF) or the fillable version in Word. Share the Lead Safe Home Program interest flyer (PDF) with your friends and family. Contractors can apply to be a LSHP vendor. Download an application here. Contact MDHHS LSHP with questions at (866) 691-5323 (toll-free).
Blood Lead Level Concerns
Realize that finger-stick testing for blood lead levels is an entry to getting more advanced BLL anaylsis. A vial of blood drawn is needed for most efficient testing. All ages need to have BLL testing, not just children. As water systems go through changes the quality of water will change and require repeat BLL screenings. Recent exposure to lead is carried more efficiently than past exposure. Timeliness of testing matters.
Links in the video
There are many health tips and precautions shared in the video, these are a few links to help. Please watch the entire video and share.