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Politicians relieved by city's water switch

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The complaints about a city’s water started almost immediately after the city started tapping its river. And the chorus only continued to get louder.

After Gov. Rick Snyder announced a switched to Detroit water, politicians from Flint breathed a sigh of relief.

"I just never agreed with it. I didn't agree with going to the Flint River. Never have, never will," said councilman Wantwaz Davis.

Now that the state and the city are pulling the plug, some are asking why it even had to go this far.

"This process took far too long because long term exposures of lead in children has long term impact and so we should have been aggressively attacking this early," state Rep. Sheldon Neeley said.

Neeley said it's shocking that such a toxic substance ended up in the water in the first place.

He says he's glad the gears are finally in motion to begin fixing this problem immediately.

"It's something any society should be petrified of," Neeley said.

But it's not yet the end of the road, Neeley is now calling for increased tests to make sure there are no long lasting impacts of the Flint River.

"We definitely need to get into those schools and start testing people that we identified as having high levels of lead and we needed to do that yesterday," Neeley said.

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