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Governor's plan for water crisis receives mixed reviews

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The now public plan from Gov. Rick Snyder to address a city’s water issues is getting mixed reviews.

On Friday, state officials laid out the details.

"We understand many have lost confidence in the drinking water, we need to bring that back," said Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant.

It includes free water filters for people’s homes, a fast-track fix to reduce lead in the system and more testing.

But to some residents’ chagrin, the Flint River remains the city’s water source.

"It's honestly, I've been the quietest I've been today because I'm in shock. I'm heartbroken for the citizens, my kids, and I'm furious," said resident Melissa Mays.

Some in the community believe the plan doesn’t assure the health and well-being of people in Flint.

"If we were getting it, that switch would have been back on from Detroit just as soon as it went off, it's that simple," said resident Mary Haney.

But officials insist once they’re able to add the proper corrosion control in to the water system, the situation should improve.

The Flint River water is leaving the treatment center safe, but it is Flint’s aged infrastructure that needs the long-term attention.

"We're dealing with the immediate challenges, but we also have to deal with this challenge in 2016, 2017 and beyond," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.            

The mayor says tapping back into the Detroit water system isn't completely out of the picture and that discussion will continue into next week.

Walling said he feels the governor’s plan should work in the short term.

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