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City council makes decision on water switch

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Jackie Pemberton said she won't drink the water in Flint.

"I'm afraid that they're going to weasel out of this," Pemberton said.

But she said it shouldn't have to be that way.

That's why she and a handful of other city residents showed up tonight to make sure city council voted to contribute $2 million to reconnect the Flint water supply back to Detroit.

With emotions running high, the measure was unanimously passed.

But what will that $2 million, as well as millions more from the state and Mott Foundation, go towards?

"There are some steps we have to go through to physically connect to Detroit such as the pipe that will need to be cleaned and disinfected, and it will also have to be approved by the DEQ to prove it's cleaned and disinfected," said city administrator Natasha Henderson.

Henderson said she understands residents are frustrated and anxious to have clean water.

"It's not good enough for us to just be in compliance. We want our residents to feel safe and we will do what we have to, to make sure that happens," Henderson said.

For Pemberton, that fix can't come soon enough.

"I believe the water is poisoning us. It has been since January. I have been fighting," Pemberton said.

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