UM acts to ensure Flint campus water is safe
The University of Michigan is working to ensure that water is safe, filtered and regularly tested on its Flint campus, officials said Monday.
The university has installed water filters throughout campus, passed out filters to students and the community and is testing water to make sure it is safe, President Mark Schlissel wrote in an email Monday to the campus community.
Noting an update posted Sunday by UM-Flint Chancellor Susan Borrego, Schlissel said, “This is a long-term crisis for one of our state’s most important cities and its people ... UM-Flint has embraced this mission to its fullest extent. The campus’ continuing devotion to educational access and its deep investment in the community are at the foundation of a long and resilient partnership.”
Borrego told the community that the university is working to ensure the water on campus is safe and that UM will offer its expertise to the community.
“This is a tragedy that should not have happened,” Borrego wrote. “Although resources are now being committed to the community, we know it is going to take time to address the infrastructure issues, to set up care for the children who ingested lead, and to determine how to prevent this from ever happening again. The University will continue to work in partnership to identify needs and contribute our faculty expertise and our service in support of our community.”
Borrego also promised to step up her efforts to support businesses and restaurants, which she characterized as a secondary concern for the Flint campus and the community.
“Flint is a community of amazing and resilient people, and the University of Michigan-Flint has the good fortune of being located right downtown in a way that enhances our education,” Borrego wrote. “But the attention we are receiving has raised concerns and questions about our campus and our city. It is important for parents and prospective students to know that the University of Michigan-Flint is a great and safe place to be.”