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City restaurants address concerns over water

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Businesses are making adjustments to protect the health of their customers.

Tracey Whelpley owns the Lunch Studio. The eatery located in the heart of downtown Flint on Saginaw Street. Whelpley is like many in the Vehicle City concerned about the water coming out of her tap.

"I’m not letting any of them drink it right now until i know for sure that it's safe," Whelpley said.

That's why she's refusing to let her customers drink it. Serving and cooking with only bottled water.

"I'm not taking any chances," Whelpley said.

She's not alone. The White Horse Tavern is also making adjustments. Chris Poulos is the owner and he said he understands how serious Flint's water situation is. So Poulos is taking precautions.

"My ice, my pop, is filtered so the water that you're getting to drink, and the pop, and the ice is already filtered," Poulos said.

Poulos admits he's not as worried as most about the Flint water his business receives. He said his water comes from a copper line – not a lead one.

The restaurant cooks and cleans with the Flint water. Poulos has submitted samples of his water to city for testing. Once those test results come back he plans to implement the appropriate water filter for his cooking and cleaning water.

But for customers, Poulos wants to ease any fears they might have.

"I offer bottled water if they have the concern about drinking. So if they want it they're welcome to it and we just go from there," Poulos said.

Whelpley wants everyone to know Flint restaurants are addressing the water problem and hopes worry over the city's water woes doesn't leave her business high and dry.

"If you're going to go somewhere and you're worried about maybe getting something that you shouldn't just ask the people how they're taking care of it. Don't just assume and not come because we need the business you know?" Whelpley said.

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