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Residents relieved after city reconnects to Detroit water

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It’s the beginning of what may be the end of the struggle for water quality in Flint.

 “I think it’s a good thing, hopefully it fixes the problem a little bit,” said resident Tina Bice. “It's crazy that it got this far.”

Flint announcing it has re-connected to Detroit as the city’s water source.

“This was a crisis that should never happened in the first place. Gov. Snyder and the emergency mangers caused this problem. Plain and simple. And we are making sure that they fix it,” said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

The announcement comes months after concerns were raised over the safety of the city's drinking water.

“I’m not going to stop until every drop of water in the city of Flint is safe,” Walling said.

For people like Bice, the announcement couldn't come soon enough.

“We have little ones. You know that’s the main priority is to make sure they’re safe,” Bice said. “School. They don't get lead poisoning.”

From homes to restaurants, almost everyone has been affected.

But customers at Table and Tap in downtown Flint have had nothing to worry about.

 “We do have the filtered water here, the reverse osmosis filtered water and anyone can drink that, it's safe completely,” said server Matthew Lahring.

Now for those currently hooked up to the city of Flint's drinking water, transiting will not take place overnight. The city said it will take quite some time to see the effects.

The process began this evening and will take about three weeks for a complete transition.

Flint will pay $1.1 million a month for 12.5 million gallons of water a day from Detroit.

“Hopefully that they will continue to figure out what the problem is and continue to make it where it's safer and find something that is more efficient for residents so that we don't have such a high bill,” Bice said.

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