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City officials: pay your water or it will be shut off

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Many residents have stopped paying their water bills in light of a city's water crisis and lead leeching into the water.

Jody Lundquist is the city financial manager in Flint. She said there is no way around it: You have to pay your water bill.

"Unfortunately, with the payment pattern the city has over 60 percent of the accounts that is going to getting shutoff notices is delinquent," Lundquist said.

And the deadline to pay up is Dec. 1 if you are behind.  Lundquist said the financially strapped city needs your money.

"We're down nearly $4 million," Lundquist said.

Fewer than one percent of the nearly 100,000 homes in Flint have been tested for lead in the water. The delinquent payments could be much, much worse.

That’s why city officials are continuing to encourage people to get their water tested.

“I don't think that we limit or measure that. We want everybody,” said Public Works Director Howard Croft. “We want every resident to test.  It’s not whether 500 is good or bad – we want to continue to get the message out.”

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