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Residents unconvinced water is safe to bathe in

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According to state officials the water in Flint is safe to bathe in. But there are a lot of people here who don't trust the state and what they say about the water.

"I think they need to be more sure about taking showers and baths that this water is not affecting it because I beg to differ," said Trish.

Trish only wants to be known by her first name. She's like many Flint residents who said there's a price for cleaning themselves. They said the water coming out of the shower head isn't good for them.

"I got sores in my head specifically from this water," Trish said.

Other folks like Flord Jackson said they use bottled water in a foot tub, choosing not to take a shower.

"I got my ears, my eyes, you know and each one of my organs and stuff. I don't want to get no more lead in me then I have," Jackson said.

But state Department of Health and Human Services officials said the water is safe for showering and bathing at least.

Angela Minicuci is the DHHS spokeswoman.

"You are able to shower. What we recommend specifically for children though is that if you have a child only use bath time or showers specifically for bathing habits," Minicuci said. "After that period, after they've cleaned we recommend taking the child out."

Minicuci said anyone dealing with skin issues should get in contact with their doctor and get their water tested. She insists lead isn't to blame.

"Lead is not known to be associated with any kind of skin lesions or rashes or any kind of sores. So if someone is seeing those that is a concerning issue," Minicuci said.

Minicuci knows her response might fall on deaf ears. After all, the residents of Flint were told for months by the state and local government the water was safe to drink.

So what makes what she's saying today any different?

Minicuci cites a 2007 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report supports Minicuci's assertion that lead is not absorbed through the skin. She believes this is a study the people of Flint can trust.

"For general bathing habits it is safe based on those studies from the CDC," Minicuci said.

Trish said she's not convinced.

"It's not safe, you know, I'm very disappointed. It's not safe," Trish said.

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