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Residents protesting after governor unveils plan for water issues

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Residents are back on the streets protesting the quality of their water.

Flint residents have been complaining about the quality of their water for months.

Tonya Williams brought a baby bottle filled with water she said came from her niece's home. 

She said it's dirty, and has a bad smell.

"This, when it is not shaken up has sediment about this far in the bottom. It's disgusting," Williams said.

Recent tests revealed the water in some areas contain high levels of lead leeching in from the city's old pipes.

"This is unacceptable. And now they're saying it’s OK for our babies to drink as long as it's cold? No," Williams said.

Residents said all these water problems started when they stopped getting water from Detroit and started getting it from the Flint River. They said the obvious solution is to go back to Detroit, but city officials said it's just not that simple.

Flint city administrator, Natasha Henderson said right now the city must follow emergency orders put in place by the former emergency manager.

"This lead issue, these are service lines. We can't say that if we switch to DWSD that's not just going to go away," Henderson said.

Henderson said city leaders are working with state officials to get the funds needed to switch back to Detroit water until the KWA pipeline is complete next year.

"We have asked for financial assistance, to be able to go back to DWSD, fiscally stable," Henderson said.

The city has requested $1.3 million a month from the state, but is still waiting for a response.

City councilman Eric Mays thinks the city can afford to take action now.

"The governor, he can reimburse us later. I'd be glad to get that reimbursement," Mays said.

City leaders stress that everyone in Flint does not have water with high lead levels and are urging residents to get their water tested.

Flint residents wanting a free test can schedule it at 810-787-6537.

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