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Flint residents frustrated with water problems

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The advisory for residents to boil their water in parts of Flint continues.

Now frustrations are beginning to boil too.

Residents in one neighborhood are fed up with not having clean drinking water and going out to buy bottled water is out of the question for those on a tight budget.

"It don't sound good," Terry Griffus said, referring to another boil water advisory.

He said he didn't know about the advisory until TV5 told him. Now he plans to take action.

"I'm going to start boiling my water. I don't want to be getting sick," Griffus said.

Griffus isn't alone. Many people on the northwest side of Flint are being told to boil their water. City officials said they found total coliform bacteria in the system.

Coliform itself is not harmful, but it does serve as an indicator that more dangerous bacteria could be present. That's why they triggered the advisory. It's the second time in less than a month water treatment personal have taken this step.

"About a week ago I filled up my dog's bowl with water. The next day I got up and looked in it and it was brown," Griffus said.

Other residents are equally frustrated. They said they are not getting the water they're paying for.

"The water is outrageously priced. Truthfully, I don't think they've done worse than what we should've done," David Bussing said.

Bussing lives along the Flint River. He, too, is affected by the boil water advisory. He said he's angry he has to shell out so much for water.

"Their water around here is yellow, and it's just really nasty. They should've done something a long time ago," Bussing said.

The city advises residents in the area surrounded by Stewart Avenue to the north, Saginaw Street to the east, Hamilton Avenue to the south, and Clio Road to the west, to boil water until further notice.

Meanwhile, Griffus said he's watching closely to see when and if the city will fix the problem once and for all.

"Go back to buying Detroit water. We didn't have this problem with that," Griffus said.

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