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Snyder: Work is not done in Flint

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Last weekend marked exactly one year since Governor Rick Snyder admitted there was a “problem” with the water in Flint, specifically in the switch from Detroit water to the Flint River.

Since that switch, Flint residents were met with a number of health issues in their tap water, from bacteria contamination to elevated levels of lead.

Progress has been made but it's been slow coming and many residents say it hasn't been enough.

“We have more work to do, we're staying focused on it,” Snyder said.

Snyder admitted the work is not done in Flint.

However, one thing he wanted to make clear was if you have a filter, go ahead and use that tap.

“You can use filtered water, that's been approved for basically all purposes. For drinking, cooking, all uses. So we're encouraging people to use filtered water. Because the more water we use, that will move Flint forward,” Snyder said.

He insists there have been concrete steps to move Flint forward.

He pointed to Mayor Karen Weaver's Fast Start Program.  As of last week, the lead service lines have been replaced in nearly 200 homes.

Some are wondering, though, if digging up the pipes will be enough to fix the problem once and for all.

“I don't view it as the end, there's long term things we want to see to see the city of Flint and been focused in on that. So many of these measures I hope go for years to come to help provide additional support,” Snyder said.

The governor admits it will be a long road ahead but he insists, if nothing else, the crisis in Flint has helped prevent something similar from happening elsewhere in Michigan.

I hope it helps Flint, but we're learning lessons can help all Michiganders,” Snyder said. 

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