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Snyder: Free water for Flint residents in May

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Water is free in May for Flint residents.

Governor Rick Snyder announced Thursday in a press conference with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver that the state will pay for water used by residents this month to encourage people to flush the pipes.

The flushing is an effort to restore water quality, quicker, to residents in the city.

“The state will cover 100 percent of the cost of water people use in May to help offset the extra usage for flushing pipes," Snyder said. "Flushing the pipes is essential for restoring the city's water system and increasing the water quality in every home." 

Experts have recommended pipe flushing protocols for all Flint homes.

Residents are being told to flush their pipes every day for at least two weeks in May to make sure that phosphates coat the water pipes completely, and keep lead out of the water.

It involves running cold water at the highest flow in the bathtub for 5 minutes. Don’t use the shower head though because it has a lower flow rate.

You are also supposed to bypass, or remove your filter, then run cold water at the highest rate from the kitchen faucet for 5 minutes. Just remember to put the filter back on afterward.

Do this every day for 14 days.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver also unveiled a new TV, radio and digital media ad campaign that will launch on Friday, urging residents to flush their pipes.

Also during the press conference Gov. Snyder, along with Kathleen Falk, regional director of Region V for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, addressed Medicaid coverage.

Children up to 21-years-old and pregnant women who were served by the Flint water system since April 2014, and have incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level are now eligible for a no-cost Medical plan. Coverage is retroactive to March 1.

You can sign up here, or call 1-855-789-5610.

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