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Faces of Flint: Living with toxic water

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint will have to take extra precautions before it can change its drinking water source again.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Flint will have to build a three mile interconnection so it can test water from a new authority for three months before it's distributed to residents.

Many Flint residents are still drinking, cooking and cleaning with bottled water.

"I'm not supposed to pick up that much weight, but what can I do," said Eugene Love, Flint resident.

The 64-year-old has an aching back, not to mention two knee replacements. Despite his ailments, Love fills up his truck one pack at a time delivering water to elderly neighbors and hauling it downstairs to his basement.

"I have to take it downstairs to carry it back," Love said.

Earlier this month a federal judge ordered the state to deliver free bottled water to Flint residents who don't have proper water filters.Gov. Rick Snyder challenged the order, calling it an excessive burden on taxpayers.

Even if the state moves forward with delivering water, some like Love said they don't trust it would solve the difficulty of living with toxic faucet water.

"What would they deliver me? Two a day? How many a day would they deliver me? And having a number is a problem for a household," Love said.

Living in Flint is a daily struggle for Love. He is doing his best to work with it, but he's still forced to bathe in contaminated water. He said his skin breaks out from the water.

People who advocate on behalf of residents with disabilities said the judge's mandate to deliver water is another necessary approach to make sure everybody gets reached.

The CEO of the Disability Network wants to make sure the state takes its time to come up with a plan that includes community partners. He also wants to make sure the residents of Flint are the one delivering the water.

Residents like Love just can't depend on government for an answer.

"The governor knew that the water was bad, but he kept giving it to us," Love said.

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