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Parents making adjustments after city water warning

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Neshiah Bradshaw and her mother Twila Bradshaw packed an extra item in her lunch box today: a water bottle.

This comes after the Flint school district told parents the water fountains are now off limits

“I pack her lunch every day,” Twila Bradshaw said. “She don't drink Flint water period no more after this whole water thing, I just can't deal with it.”

But asking parents to bring water bottles for their kids is putting a strain on some parents, especially on their wallets.

“It is. It's really expensive,” said grandparent Horace Dailey.

Parents outside Doyle-Ryder Elementary said it's a price they have no problem paying.

“I mean, you don't want to come and worry about your kid and you wonder why they sick all the time or fall down somewhere, it's sad,” Twila Bradshaw said.

The city of Flint recommends using water bottles for drinking and cooking, and the school district is abiding by that.

But the reality is, the district is in a huge deficit, and can't afford water bottles for every kid. That's why they're asking for donations so the kids can have a drink of water at school.

One parent who was carrying in jugs of water for the students.

“Well they say they got lead in the water and they shut down water fountains so I’m just bringing some extra water for the extra kids in there so they have something to drink at school,” said Darren Hines.

Hines said this was one small thing he could do to make sure his daughter and classmates stay safe.

“They need to make a change. Something needs to happen about that, kids can't drink the water at school, they play and get thirsty, you know how it be,” Hines said.

The school is thankful for the donations, but parents said they wonder how much longer this will be necessary.

“OK, so if we drink this water or our kids and they get sick or something critically happens, then what? They gotta find a solution quick,” Twila Bradshaw said.

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