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Flint losing free bottled water to non-residents

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FLINT, MI (AP) -

Local leaders plan to take action Wednesday after being told people in Mid-Michigan's largest city are being ripped off. 

Capt. Chris Kelenske said it might be time to require identification at the nine distribution sites in Flint. He said he has a "lot of anecdotal evidence" that non-residents are taking water.

Many people in Flint rely on the bottled water because they don't trust what's coming from their taps. 

Kelenske says more water is being distributed now than ever -- a daily average of 21,500 cases in late July. Free water has been available since fall 2014 when Gov. Rick Snyder's administration finally acknowledged that Flint's water system was tainted by lead.

Flint stopped using the Flint River and returned to a Detroit regional system. Experts have been saying for months that the water is safe to drink if it first flows through a filter.

Mayor Karen Weaver will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. with state officials to discuss the future of water resource distribution sites.

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