Flint residents stage rally over water concerns

Associated Press

Flint — Activists and residents concerned about Flint’s troubled municipal water system are staging a rally and march through the city’s downtown.

The Saturday afternoon event follows complaints about the water’s taste, smell and appearance and reports of rashes and other health concerns. City and state officials say the water is meeting acceptable guidelines but it had been in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act because of high levels of a disinfectant byproduct.

Flint gets water from the Flint River as a pipeline is built to Lake Huron. The city cut ties last year with Detroit’s system.

The march will start at City Hall and proceed up Saginaw Street, over the river and end at The Durant.