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FILE - This Jan. 26, 2016, file photo shows a sign over the Flint River in Flint, Mich. Virginia Tech researchers who exposed the lead-tainted water problem in Flint, said Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, the city's water quality has greatly improved, based on tests at more than 160 homes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Flint residents now have to pay for their water, even though they need filters to drink it


Wednesday marks the end of a program where Michigan paid for Flint residents' water bills as a result of the ongoing water crisis.

But The Washington Post reports the water is still so contaminated, locals need to use a filter to drink it safely.

Michigan has spent $41 million to offset local water bills, giving locals a 65 percent credit each month on water bills. Anna Heaton, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, said the city's water now meets federal safety standards.

They want to make it look like they've resolved this thing, that it's fixed. It's been three years, and we still can't drink the water.
Tim Monahan, local carpenter

Heaton said Michigan would still provide filters and replacement cartridges to help keep people safe as lead pipes were being replaced.

But some locals weren't satisifed. 

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver called on the state to pay water bills until filters weren't needed.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found last month, the city's water system showed lead levels below levels highlighted in the federal Lead and Copper Rule. 

But residents are still advised to only use bottled water for drinking, washing and cooking.

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FILE - In this March 21, 2016 file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Michigan environmental officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, that Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit. The finding by the Department of Environmental Quality is good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have grappled with the man-made water crisis since 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Many Flint residents may not be able to pay their own water bills, which could leave Flint with less money to spend on getting water from Detroit. And many people have lines with lead but aren't eligible for pipe replacement.

Some locals say not much has changed since the city got national attention.

When President Trump mentioned clean water during his Joint Address, critics took notice.


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