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Fight for water safety personal for advocate

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On Thursday, LeeAnne Walters did some work on her car.

Many would say this mother of four deserves a victory lap.

"We fought tooth and nail," Walters said.

She stood on the front line, as more and more people called on the city and the state to address water concerns.

On Thursday, she watched as leaders announced Flint will rejoin the Detroit water pipeline.

"I don't think it was something they wanted to do, I think it was something they felt forced to do," Walters said.

Gavin and Garrett are her twin, 4 year-old boys. She said Gavin has medical issues due to lead poisoning and Garrett has high lead exposure levels.

She said her attempts to alert the city of this issue went unanswered, so she called for help from Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards.

Edwards sounded the alarm about the lead problem. Shortly after, Hurley Medical Center released a scathing report of its own.

And those things have led to action.

"I'm just sad that it wasn't taken seriously, sooner, and it took all of these other kids being affected because it didn't have to be that way," Walters said.

The switch from the Flint River as the city’s water source to Detroit water will take a couple of weeks, and will cost millions of dollars.

But the expert who came into town saying there was a serious issue said once that changeover is complete, the system should clear of all the lead problem in about a month.

In September, Edwards told people turning back to Detroit would be a solution.

"This problem would start to heal itself again, the iron would stay out of the pipes, the lead would stay out, and the infrastructure wouldn't be eaten up by this water," Edwards said.

Walters said she's satisfied the city will turn back to Detroit.

And she said she hopes her hard work helped prevent other illness.

"That's why I went with science because you can't argue with science," Walters said.

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