Virginia Tech research team will share findings from Flint, Michigan water research Thursday night

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BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) –  On Thursday night, Virginia Tech students and the head researcher who's leading the team will share their findings from a study about the levels of lead found in Flint, Michigan's drinking water.

Virginia tech professor Marc Edwards led a team of faculty and students to independently test water samples in Flint and Detroit after people in Michigan complained about poor quality.

One student says she found lead levels were 18 times higher in Flint water than in Detroit water.

On Wednesday, the mayor of Flint appointed Edwards to oversee all state and federal water testing. Mayor Karen Weaver said Edwards will be "fully independent" and report to her. Edwards was also appointed by the Governor of Michigan to be part of a 17-member group of medical experts selected to determine long-term solutions to fix Flint's water system and help residents who have been exposed to lead.

Edwards and his team of scientists and students will present their full findings Thursday night at seven in Goodwin Hall.