MDHHS: Flint residents can now bathe in water

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint River is shown near downtown Flint, Mich. Flint's water became contaminated with lead when the city switched from the Detroit municipal system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save the financially struggling city money. Darnell Earley didn't come up with that plane, which caused a health emergency. And he certainly can't be blamed for the Detroit school system's decaying facilities and wrecked finances, which have prompted teacher boycotts this month. But the 64-year-old budget expert was in charge of Flint's city government and the Detroit schools at key points in their recent turmoil, and that has made him a focal point of anger about Gov. Rick Snyder's use of "emergency managers" to temporarily run public entities in Michigan that are hopelessly in debt. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

FLINT, MI (WLNS) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has now cleared all residents in Flint to start bathing with their water again.

In a statement the department cites the CDC and says human skin does not absorb lead.

The release also says bathing and showering should be safe for children and adults even if the skin has minor cuts or scrapes.

On the topic of resident trust the department says, “Understandably, people in Flint are concerned about water quality issues. Our department is working closely with federal partners, experts in the field, and local doctors to monitor all health issues that may be related to water. At this time there is no evidence to suggest the guidance on bathing should change.”

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