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Residents frustrated with Flint water crisis results two years later

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Frustrations are boiling over throughout the city of Flint as the water crisis continues.

The city began using its own river as a water supply two years ago and residents are still using bottled water and filters because of high lead levels in the water.

On the two year mark of the switch there's still very little trust of the tap.

"Only thing the water is good for is just flushing," said Regina Banks, Flint resident.

Banks uses the water for only that. She carried out her week's worth of water bottles to the curb to be recycled.

A man-made disaster is wearing on the near 100,000 people living in Flint. A finish line is nowhere in sight.

On the anniversary of the ill-fated switch from Detroit to the Flint River the city council met. They voted to extend the state of emergency and to send a letter to the governor asking for continued aid to help people pay their water bills.

They also heard from Scott Smith of water defense who claims his independent testing shows there could be questions about the safety of bathing and showering in the water.

"The accurate statement is, we don't know whether it's safe to bathe or shower because there has been no comprehensive testing of bath and shower water," Smith said. "It's time to sit side-by-side with the EPA, admit what we don't know and focus on the irrefutable science."

There continues to be plenty of unknowns and as we continue digging for answers, bottled water is something some say is the only sure thing.

"This is not the end all solution, you know. It's a bandaid, but it's a continues bandaid until the problem gets taken care of correctly," said Pastor Jeff Hawkins, community activist.

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