MI Gov to drink Flint water for at minimum a mo

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:23 AM

Rick Snyder will drink Flint water at residence and at work for at minimum a mo to indicate to residents it's secure with the utilize of a faucet filter, he said Monday.

MI Gov to drink Flint water for at minimum a mo

MI Gov. Rick Snyder will drink Flint water at residence and at work for at minimum a mo to indicate to residents it's secure with the utilize of a faucet filter, he said Monday.

The Republican governor, who's apologized for his administration'south role in the city'south lead-tainted water crisis, visited a house that'd been confirmed to have high levels of lead and left with five gallons of filtered water. He said he understands people perceive that if executive declare the water is OK, then he should drink it, too.

"What better way to assistance indicate support," said Snyder, who'll obtain refills from other homes as needed.

For nearly eighteen months, Flint residents drank and bathed with improperly treated water that'd coursed through aging pipes and fixtures, scraping far lead. By the time Snyder announced in Oct that Flint would return to its earlier source of treated water, the Detroit municipal system, dangerously high levels of the toxic metal were detected in the blood of some residents, including children, for whom it can cause lower IQs and behavioral problems.

Meanwhile, a state water-quality official who told the city of Flint that a chemical wasn't needed to prevent lead corrosion from pipes has taken a different work in the state Dept of Environmental Quality.

Mike Prysby, who was a district engineer with the Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance and had been responsible for Genesee County, residence to Flint, began working in the Water Resources Division'south Transportation and Flood Hazard Unit on March twenty-eight. That was the day before a supervisor at Flint'south water plant, Mike Glasgow, testified at a legislative hearing that Prysby told him before Flint switched to a local river for water in two thousand-fourteenth that phosphate wasn't required.

DEQ spokeswoman Melanie Brown said Prysby took a position that opened up when someone was promoted, and his switch wasn't a forced transfer.

"The dept continues to cooperate with internal investigations regarding staff actions in Flint," she told The Associated Press in an email.

A message seeking comment was left Monday for Prysby, who's declined previous requests for an interview.

Snyder has accused "career bureaucrats" in state and federal governments. A task force appointed by Snyder has said the DEQ was the primary culprit because regulators misinterpreted a federal regulation in telling Flint water executive not to treat the Flint River for corrosion until after two six-month monitoring periods.

The DEQ'south director and communications director resigned in December. Snyder fired the department'south top drinking water official, and a district supervisor is on paid leave after being suspended five days without pay in Jan for actions related to the Flint crisis — the maximum allowed below civil service rules.

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