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Restaurant mistakenly listed on city's water system

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

You'd usually see a burger special or deal of the day on Westside Diner's sign.

But after being mistakenly tied in to Flint's water crisis, owner Frank Dinaj is trying to ease minds rather than advertise.

"People are very cautious and on edge about the whole situation," Dinaj said.

Dinaj said customers typically ask about the water before they put a foot through the door.

"Check your 6 man, you've got to cover yourself, so that's the way I see it," said customer Nate Fragoso.

He said it didn't help when Flint released a list of businesses outside of city limits on the city's tap.

Westside Diner was listed as one and immediate red flags raised for Tom Furnas, a regular.

"If there's a potentially harmful effect of the water, why would go to that well and drink that regular?" Furnas said.

But the city messed up, because the diner was never connected to city water.

"You can't unring the bell, you know? So people did see it, so it was a little bit of an issue, customers were asking, they wanted to know," Dinaj said.

Dinaj provided proof the restaurant uses Flint Township’s water. He has the bills.

The township never switched away from its Lake Huron source.

He thinks the confusion came about because the diner does use the city's sewer system.

"Flint has to get the water numbers from Flint Township in order to bill us," Dinaj said.

The mistake has since been fixed.

But Dinaj is concerned damage may already be done.

"If you lose one customer due to they might think it's unsafe, it's unfortunate, because this is a competitive business," Dinaj said.

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