Flint officials to announce youth employment program

Posted at 10:01 AM, Mar 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-06 10:01:40-05

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Flint are expected to launch a program that will employ young people to distribute clean water to families affected by lead in the city’s drinking water.

Mayor Karen Weaver’s office says families also will get healthy food and nutrition information as part of the Flint WaterWorks initiative.

Details are expected to be released at a news conference Sunday afternoon.

Weaver will be joined by Chelsea Clinton and community leaders.

City, state and federal officials are working to correct the city’s water crisis. State regulators failed to require Flint to treat its river water with anti-corrosion chemicals when its water source was switched in 2014, allowing lead to be scraped from aging pipes and into drinking water.

Tests have shown high lead levels in some children.