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Local politicians pushing for immediate fix to water problems

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Safe drinking water: it's essential to human survival. 

But there's growing concern that this city is tapped out.

Sen. Jim Ananich is one local lawmaker pushing for an immediate fix to the ongoing problem.

"My thinking is, it should be yesterday. The timeline is extremely urgent," Ananich said.

First it was smelly water, then it was overly chlorinated water and now it's high levels of lead.

Earlier this month, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling called for Gov. Rick Snyder to step in and fund a measure that would cut down on lead levels in the city water supply.

It was Snyder's appointed emergency manager who switched the city from Detroit water to the more corrosive Flint River, a move the governor's administration said was done with the support of city leaders.

Many officials in Flint are calling on the governor's office to step in, so we wanted to know if Governor Snyder planned to step in and take any action.

So TV5 went to work asking the tough questions.

The governor was in Detroit today and unavailable.

But his deputy press secretary issued a statement, not addressing the city's latest request, but saying instead that state has provided $4.2 million in grants and restructured financing to help the city locate and fix some of the problems with its water infrastructure.

Ananich said he's optimistic about the governor's involvement and said he's working closely with Snyder to find a way to fund a solution.

"I've had a number of conversations about the governor about this and we've had conversations with the highest levels of his administration, and I'm going to continue to work with them to make sure we're doing the best we can to make sure the citizens have safe access to drinking water," Ananich said.

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