Results released today "launched to better understand the rashes and hair loss experienced by Flint residents" show that when the city's water was sourced from the Flint River, the pH, chlorine and water hardness levels could have contributed to these issues.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced the findings this afternoon at a press briefing at University of Michigan - Flint. The analysis was done on the water quality from April 2014 to October 2015 before the switch was made back to Detroit water when many residents were complaining of rashes and hair loss during that time.The issues for some developed in that time period could have been made worse by both the mental and physical stress and changes in personal care routines due to the concerns about the water.

Investigators also said that lead is not known to cause rashes or hair loss and that nothing has been identified in the current water supply that could cause those issues. For more on the results of the study, click here.