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March 08, 2016

Flint Whistleblower Teams With Charity to Expand Water Tests

Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech University professor who helped uncover the contaminated-water crisis in Flint, Mich., is working with a nonprofit network to help people across the country test their drinking water, The Washington Post reports.

One of the first experts to warn of the elevated lead levels in Flint's water, Mr. Edwards said he has been inundated with requests for help from other communities and is unable to keep up with the demand. Healthy Babies Bright Futures, a two-year-old alliance of charities, scientists, and donors, is stepping in to supply testing kits to anyone concerned about water quality.

Mr. Edwards will test the samples in his lab. The kits cost $65 due to the cost of transporting water, which is heavy to ship, but they but will be offered at much lower prices to those who can't afford the full price. More well-to-do purchasers will have an option to pay more to subsidize the discounts.