City of Flint considers tapping back into Detroit water - WNEM TV 5

City of Flint considers tapping back into Detroit water

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The water faucet is off limits for 4-year old Kamari Gaines.

"Don't drink it, it's bad for you, spit it out," is what Darnella Gaines said she tells her son when he tries to drink from it.

Darnella Gaines isn't taking any chances as dangerously high levels of lead have been detected in the city's system.

"I just fear that if I let him drink it, he'll get sick," she said.

Just one of many families in Flint paying out of pocket for safe, bottled water, while hoping and waiting for a resolution. On Monday night, city leaders heard some resident frustrations.

"I am angry because you are trying to kill me with this water," one man said.

High lead levels is just the latest in a host of problems the city has faced since switching from Detroit water to Flint River water.

"The continued inaction by this administration and the state of Michigan to resolve this Flint water crisis leaves residents wondering, do Flint lives matter," one resident asked the city council.

Because of the huge outcry, Flint City Administrator Natasha Henderson said she's working to make it right.

"We're not going to stop until we come up with a solution, and that solution could possibly be the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department," Henderson said.

She told TV5 she is in contact with the DWSD to possibly look at switching back to its system. The switch would cost Flint $1.5 million a month, a cost she is asking the state to help pay.

She believes the state should because Flint's state-appointed emergency manager made the decision to switch the water source from Detroit to the Flint River.

"I know the city did not have this problem when we were with DWSD," Henderson said.

Meanwhile, the Gaines family will continue to drink bottled water, hoping they can soon not fear what comes out of their tap.

"If they can't enjoy life because they're getting sick due to the water, then that's insane," Darnella Gaines said.

The city is also considering adding a corrosion control agent to its treated water to minimize the corrosion of the water system and ultimately the lead entering it.

On Wednesday, city leaders will meet once again to discuss its options. That meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at city hall.

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