Benton Harbor urged to use bottled water due to lead risk


BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The state is urging residents of a southwestern Michigan city to use bottled water for cooking and drinking, a major shift in response to elevated levels of lead.

The state has been making free bottled water and filters available in Benton Harbor for a few weeks. But the announcement is the first time that authorities have recommended that residents reduce their use of tap water.

The state last month said it would go door-to-door to distribute filters. But in its latest statement, the state says the federal government is conducting a study to determine how effective the filters are in reducing lead in drinking water.

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