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Snyder answers tough questions on drinking water pledge

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Courtesy: Gov. Rick Snyder Courtesy: Gov. Rick Snyder
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Gov. Rick Snyder said he would drink Flint water for an entire month.

The announcement came less than a week after TV5 asked the governor if he would subject him and his family to the same water that thousands in Flint have been drinking for nearly two years.

TV5 asked the governor why he wouldn't drink the water in front of their cameras.

"Because I didn't have any filtered water right in front of me. Actually, we shared a picture. I was in a resident's home having a glass of water and so we sent the picture on to your people," Snyder said.

Snyder insists the drinking water in Flint is safe for most people, unless they're pregnant of under the age of 6.

He sat down with Cheryl Hill, Flint resident, and shared conversation over a glass of filtered water from her home.

"I am committed to drinking the filtered water and I'm committed to doing that at work and at home for the next 30 days," Snyder said.

Some Flint residents don't believe the governor will drink the water for 30 days. TV5 asked him to keep a video diary.

"I think that would be boring," Snyder said. "If you come up with a good way or potentially want to come be a videographer in my house, but I'm drinking the water."

TV5 asked Snyder to use social media to prove he is drinking Flint water at home and at work. He said releasing proof each day is possible, but he did not commit to the idea.

"I don't want this to be viewed as a gimmick kind of thing. This is something serious to me that I want to show that commitment and I'm following through on that," Snyder said.

Hill said people didn't think the governor really drank the water at her home. She said she didn't know the governor was coming to her house until a half an hour before he showed up.

"It's scary. You never know what is going to happen. Even now, they say we can use the filter, but we've had it spike on us out of the norm, we've been at normal levels and then it spiked. How do we know on an average day if it's going to spike again, that scares me," Hill said.

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