Snyder, Weaver introduce 'Flush for Flint' campaign - WNEM TV 5

Snyder, Weaver introduce 'Flush for Flint' campaign

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Starting on Friday residents can expect to hear and see a lot more about what to do to keep water clean in Flint.

Mayor Karen Weaver is teaming up with Gov. Rick Snyder to start the "Flush for Flint" campaign.

A new ad will air on TV and on the radio informing Flint residents to flush out their pipes.

Weaver announced the campaign on Thursday to urge more Flint residents to flush out their pipes, which will help get rid of any built up sediment.

"To remove lead particles and coat their pipes to protect their homes. It's critical that the residents do this for a full 14 days," Weaver said.

Residents should let the water run from their bathtub for five minutes. Then run water from their kitchen sink without a filter for five minutes. They should do this every day for two weeks.

Many residents will argue they don't want to pay for that water usage, but they won't have to.

"Essentially, May will be a free water month. So in respect to the water portion of the water and sewer bill, there won't be a charge. We we're already paying a percent as part of the water credit program. That additional 35 percent will be accommodated by the state to accommodate the flushing," Snyder said.

Even with the state picking up the tab, some residents said they're not going to flush their pipes.

"That's wasting a lot of water. All that bad water, still a lot of water. Even if no one is paying for it, it's still wasting a lot of resources we need," Phillip Walker said.

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