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Residents skeptical of improvement in water crisis

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Flint residents who've gotten used to using bottled water and avoiding the faucet are being given new instructions: turn on the taps.

That's the urgent request of the EPA and Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards who said residents aren't using enough water to push chemicals through the pipes, cleaning them out and recoating them.

“You can say that the water is good, they say that one week and they come back with another test saying that it's not good,” said Flint resident, Shawn Harrston. “I think at this time most people are going to wait until the pipes are replaced, and then they will start believing.”

The EPA strongly suggests that running the water more is the best solution to flushing out Flint's contaminated water.

The governor’s office said they are working on a plan to allow residents to flush those pipes without incurring costs.

“We are looking for a decision on the proper protocol to come to us from the DEQ, EPA and Dr. Edwards’ team,” said spokesman Ari Adler. “Once we have that, we can look at what the cost would be and how to best address that.”

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