After several studies showed the unsafe levels of lead in the city's water, and the effects it had on the locals, a federal state of emergency was declared in January 2016. "I will be contacting the Governor's office immediately to express the insensitivity of the decision he made today and to make sure that I remind him of the additional needs that I've requested for the residents of Flint", Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver went to a distribution center after Snyder's announcement that was flooded with people who say they can not afford bottled water on their own. "Free bottled water should be provided to the people of Flint until the last known lead-tainted pipe has been replaced".
"Since Flint's water is now well within the standards set by the federal government, we will now focus even more of our efforts on continuing with the health, education and economic development assistance needed to help move Flint forward".
However, many pipes still need to be replaced.
State Sen. Jim Ananich, who is from Flint, says he questions the state administration's honesty since trust has always been broken between the city and the state. The statement was made Friday afternoon. Water filters and replacement cartridges will continue to be available at City Hall and by calling CORE (810-238-6700 ) for residents who have service line replacements underway at their homes or would feel more comfortable using a filter until their confidence in the water quality can be reestablished. "Additionally, the medical community has continuously raised questions as to how special populations, including nursing and bottle-feeding mothers, will receive bottled water while massive pipe replacement work is ongoing".
The agreement announced Monday would partly settle a lawsuit against the state and Flint-area school groups, including the city's school district. The water pods will continue to operate until the current supply is gone. Tony Paciorek with Michigan United cites the recent controversial decision to allow Nestle to increase pumping in Michigan for it's Ice Mountain brand water to 576,000 gallons a day while paying only $200 dollars per year.
The statement came with an update that the city's water has tested below the federal lead and copper limit of 15 parts per billion for about two years. Under the settlement, the state of MI will provide more than $4 million to get the program up and running by September 2018.
Results of the assessments will be sent to schools to better provide services to children who were affected by lead poisoning, the American Civil Liberties Union of MI said in a statement. However, many pipes still need to be replaced. As of April, about 6,200 service lines have been replaced. Finally, we checked each brand's website to find out how they treat water before bottling because some companies use extreme filtration (demineralization, distillation, ion-exchange, etc.) to prepare water for bottling, which means that they are removing everything from the water, even the healthy minerals.