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Michigan Gov. To Drink Filtered Flint Water For 30 Days

| by Michael Allen
Gov. Rick Snyder Gov. Rick Snyder

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan announced April 18 that he will drink filtered water from Flint -- a town that has made headlines for its contaminated water -- for 30 days.

His wife is on "is on board" with a plan to drink and cook with Flint's water at home and work, Snyder told The Detroit News..

The governor was recently challenged by a reporter to use Flint's water, which many locals do not trust because of lead contamination.

"Yeah. I mean if someone ... I’m happy to look into that," Snyder said at the time.

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"I didn’t really wait," Snyder said today. "Again this is where we’re encouraging people to make the transition after the science meeting."

Snyder was referring to a report from earlier this month by water quality experts who said that Flint's water "is safe to drink as long as a filter is in place."

That statement was relayed from Snyder's office, which has been under intense criticism because it did not take action for months when it was apparent that the Flint water was contaminated.

A city manager, who was appointed by Snyder to run Flint, switched the town from its Detroit water supply to the Flint River in 2014.

Flint residents used the river water for drinking and bathing for nearly 18 months, unaware that it was contaminated and destroying the city's aged pipes, causing lead to seep into the water, notes The Associated Press.

Snyder announced in October 2015 that Flint would switch back to the Detroit's system, but by that time high levels of lead had already been found in the residents -- including kids.

William Harris, of the Greater Holy Temple water distribution center, said April 18 that he is hearing reports of people stockpiling so much bottled water that some home floors and foundations are giving way.

"People are afraid," Harris stated. "People honestly believe the water availability will end and think that all of this water is going to go away soon."

"Anyone living through this has concerns and issues," Snyder responded. "We’re encouraging people not to stockpile. If they’re taking a few extra cases, I appreciate that, but we’re showing the filters are working."

Sources: The Detroit NewsThe Associated Press / Photo credit: Michigan State Government

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