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Officials: Flint water efforts remain after federal aid ends

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Federal, state and local officials said they'll remain committed to fixing Flint's drinking water system after a federal emergency declaration over the lead crisis expires this month.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Acting Regional Administrator Bob Kaplan said Wednesday the city's water system is now among the best-monitored in the nation. He said water quality is improving, but officials will continue working until Flint's water is safe.

President Barack Obama in January signed an emergency declaration authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide water resources and support to state and local efforts. It expires Aug. 14, but officials said federal resources will remain.

"Bottled water will continue to be supplied by the State of Michigan to Flint residents beyond the Aug. 14 date," Flint Mayer Karen Weaver said.

Weaver was joined by several high ranking state and federal officials who insisted no one was going anywhere.

"There is a deep concern that federal government and state are gonna pack up and pull out of Flint after Aug. 14. I'm here to tell you that assumption is completely false," Michigan State Police Capt. Chris Kelenske said.

The promise by the officials is their contract to the people of Flint. They said they are committed to getting the city back to safe drinking water and their demands for it haven't fallen on deaf ears.

"As the president said when he came here, this community is really important and we want to be able to listen and provide the services people say they needed," said Kathleen Falk, regional director for the DHHS.

Although the federal state of emergency will soon be over, seeing Flint's drinking water become safe and clean is still at the top of everyone's wish list.

Weaver said help for the city of Flint will not evaporate into thin air.

"Bottled water and filters are vital necessities in our community right now. These are commodities that must be maintained and continued to be excessible to our residents free of charge," she said.

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