Walling testifies during congressional hearing on water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Walling testifies during congressional hearing on water crisis

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Former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling taste tested water tapped from the Flint River last year on TV5 News at noon.

"It's safe to drink, I think it's more of a perception issue now," Walling said.

That clip of walling was played on Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning for the House Oversight Committee and right before Walling and former emergency manager Darnell Earley testified about what they knew leading up to the Flint water crisis.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz grilled Earley, Walling and then former EPA District 5 Administrator Susan Headman.

"What happened in Flint must never happen again," Chaffetz said.

Lawmakers held nothing back as they revealed what they now know about the city's water becoming contaminated with bacteria, a cleaning chemical called TTHM, Legionella and lead.

Walling passed blame on the emergency manager for the water crisis, which he said stripped local elected officials of the power to make the decision for themselves.

"I have three main points. One, Michigan's Financial Manager system focused too much on cutting costs without adequate safeguards and transparency," Walling said.

The Flint City Council voted 7-1 on March 25, 2013 to move away from the Detroit water system. It was decided in June 2013 that Flint would use the Flint River as the Karegnodi Water Authority completed building its system.

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