BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - City officials are working to resolve an issue of elevated manganese levels in Battle Creek's water supply.
Starting at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Battle Creek families with children ages 12 months or younger may come pick up a case of water every 24 hours.
Tanya Eyre went to Fire Station #6 to get a case for her 11 month old son. "He drinks the water right out of the tap," she says "That’s what we make his formula with so it’s a big effect."
Adults and children above 12 months of age may continue to drink and use tap water. Boiling the water does not remove manganese. Exposure to high levels of manganese can be harmful to an infant's nervous system.
"I have 3 grandchildren under the age of one," says Imogene Glass. "It scared me. My great grand babies. I got to get them some water."
The city will continue testing water to determine how this happened and how to resolve the issue.
"We are continuing to look into it," says Police Chief and Acting Fire Chief Jim Blocker. "It is really a precaution to make sure we are providing the best drinking water we can."
Water distribution locations:
-Battle Creek City Hall, 10 N. Division St. – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
-Battle Creek Department of Public Works, 150 S. Kendall St. – 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
-Battle Creek Police Department, 20 N. Division St. – 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days per week
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week at city fire stations 1-6:
-Fire Station 1, 195 E. Michigan Ave.
-Fire Station 2, 145 N. Washington Ave.
-Fire Station 3, 222 Cliff St.
-Fire Station 4, 8 S. 20th St.
-Fire Station 5, 1170 W. Michigan Ave.
-Fire Station 6, 2401 Capital Ave. SW
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