IMAGE: Gretchen Whitmer

Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer is pledging to make sure Flint residents have access to clean drinking water.

Whitmer’s transition team says she will work with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

It’s all to make sure Flint residents have access to clean and safe drinking water in the future.

Nestle has already agreed to provide free bottled water until April.

"In 2015 and '14 I was one of the people working hard, carrying all that water into the churches and to the pods so people can have clean water," said Terence Grundy, Flint resident.

He said getting bottled water has been a little tricky since all of the government-run water distribution sites closed.

Grundy said he was excited after hearing a media report that Whitmer had promised to resume state-funded bottled water distribution.

"It is very much needed because I'm also a cook. I cater. So of course I need clean, fresh water to produce the food," Grundy said.

Whitmer's team said she is committed to ensuring all citizens have access to clean drinking water and she will be working with Weaver on how to move forward.

"One of the things we always said is the access to bottled water should've never stopped," Weaver said.

Weaver said Nestle will continue supplying water to Flint until April at three sites across Flint.

Weaver also said the service lines in the city should be completed by July.

She said she is optimistic about working with the new governor, but nothing is set in stone when it comes to water distribution.

"One of the things that she and I talked about is the need for residents to have that kind of access continue wile we do this. So that's what we're looking at. We have not had a chance to sit down and work out the details about what that will look like," Weaver said.

Until the water is fixed, Grundy hopes Flint and the state will give residents more places to pick up water.

"A lot of things start with a conversation. So if they're starting that conversation, hopefully they'll get on the ball to make it happen," Grundy said.

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