After two years, Flint's bottled water distribution program ends

Four defendants and a small army of lawyers filled the courtroom during a previous preliminary hearing

Four defendants and a small army of lawyers filled the courtroom during a previous preliminary hearing. Credit steve carmody Michigan Radio

State testing has shown Flint's tap water has been below federal guidelines for lead for almost two years, but many residents remain skeptical.

After several hectic days, the state has permanently closed four water distribution centers in Flint.

"The city of Flint's water quality has tested below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) for almost two years, representing four consecutive six-month monitoring periods", says state spokeswoman Tiffany Brown. "Until every pipe in this city is replaced, it will be nearly impossible for Flint residents to trust their government, and I can not blame them".

Weaver said the state should supply free bottled water until all the city's lead pipes are replaced.

Flint's chief public health adviser Pamela Pugh echoed the mayor's concerns.

Flint's water became contaminated when the city's water source was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

The state had been paying an average of $22,000 a day for the water this year.

This drone footage shows the long lines for water. Jim Ananich, a Democrat from Flint, said he questions the administration's honesty.

"Flint, Michigan, is just an hour away from Ypsilanti and not some remote Third World place that we often hear about; but an hour away", Griffin said.

A business owner in Ypsilanti has started a water drive to benefit Flint residents with discounts to customers who contribute.

"We won't feel safe drinking our water until every bad pipe is replaced, and the administration that caused this disaster needs to make sure bottled water stays available until that happens".

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