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Residents uneasy drinking filtered water despite president's speech

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Some people in Mid-Michigan have renewed confidence in Flint's water since the president's visit to Flint this week, but others are not ready to start drinking filtered water just yet.

"It's very important to use the filters. They work," said Staff Sgt. Thomas Vega.

Vega supports his commander and chief, President Barack Obama.

Some residents said the president may have been painting with too broad of a brush when he said the filtered water was safe.

The National Science Foundation certifies the water filters in Flint, but on their website they acknowledge the filters will not work when the lead levels are higher than 150 parts per billion.

Meanwhile, Vega said the filters also won't work if you run hot water through them. He advises everyone to only use cold water and to pay attention to the instructions included with the filter.

"Those are all very important steps that if you follow those filters will work," Vega said.

Vega said he understands the concerns of those he serves, He vows to do what he can to help everyone get through this water crisis.

"It's been an honor for me to be here and do what I signed up in the National Guard to do and that's help at home," Vega said.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver issued a statement regarding the issue.

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