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Residents refuse to drink tap water in one Mid-Michigan city

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The water woes continue for one Mid-Michigan city.

It seems people still aren't satisfied with the answers about what's coming out of their faucet. The state told Flint the water is safe to drink, but apparently not everyone is buying it.

Many residents said they're afraid to drink their tap water. In fact when TV5 visited the downtown farmers market they had a hard time finding anyone from Flint who doesn't get their drinking water from a bottle.

"We just don't feel safe using it," Rebecca Corbin said.

Frustrated Flint residents are voicing their concerns over the quality of the water flowing from their taps.

Corbin said she continues to pay for city water, but refuses to drink it.

"It kind of smells weird and we don't use it to cook or anything. We buy our water from the grocery store," Corbin said.

Stephan Vanberg said he doesn't drink the water from his sink either and he feels uneasy about giving it to his dog.

"Sometimes I run out of bottled water to give him so I have to give him the tap water, but if they don't want us to give the water to people who have a compromised immune system or something like that, then I don't feel comfortable giving it to my dog," Vanberg said.

Earlier this month residents were notified that the city's water violates the safe drinking water act. That's because high levels of TTHM, a byproduct that can lead to cancer and other diseases, was found in water samples last year.

Still, Department of Environmental Quality officials and city leaders, including Mayor Dayne Walling, said the water is safe for most people to drink.

"It's a tier 2 notice which means the water is safe to continue drinking. It's a long term chronic concern that if someone were drinking it over their entire lifetime then there could be some adverse health affects," Walling said.

Officials claim the water is improving and they said using water from the Flint River is only a temporary fix. A new pipeline to bring in water from Lake Huron is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

City officials tried to downplay fears about the smell and taste of the water at a meeting Wednesday night.

Many residents who attended the meeting are still afraid to use water from the Flint River and some are taking big measures to avoid it.

Bethany Hazard is one of the dozens of Flint residents demanding answers from the city about the quality of her tap water.

"I'm paying $100 a month just for me and hardly use the water and I have to buy water to drink," she said.

Hazard received a notice earlier this month saying the water violates the safe drinking water act. She contacted her doctor and they don't recommend she drinks the tap water.

"I just drink bottled water and when I go up to Saginaw to visit my mom I fill up my jogs," Hazard said.

She said she still uses the water to bathe, but doesn't feel clean afterwards.

"Like if you're in a pool that's over chlorinated, that's what it feels like. Your eyes burn, your skin gets itchy," Hazard said.

Many are suggesting the city should go back to getting its water from Detroit, but Flint officials said that would cost the city an extra $1 million a month.

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