State cancels water subsidies for Flint residents

The state previously provided $41 million in credits to help residents pay their water bills.

Mar 2nd, 2017
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FLINT, MI, MARCH 2, 2017 -- The residents of Flint, Michigan, are now required to pay their water bills in full. This week, the state formally ended a program that subsidized the water bills of some Flint residents, after a public health crisis rendered the city's water undrinkable nearly three years ago due to lead contamination.

Anna Heaton, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, told ABC News "tests conducted on Flint's tap water in the past three months found that it meets all federal standards, although state officials recommend the use of filters as a precaution."

The state previously provided $41 million in credits to help residents pay their water bills, and is still providing water filters, which Michigan officials advise residents to continue using "due to the chance for disruption to pipes as the city replaces lead service lines."

Residents say they are being asked to pay for water that is still unfit to drink, although tests as recent as last month showed the lead levels in Flint's water to be within federal limits. Last month, residents protested at the State capital, and many residents have asked for the state subsidies to their water bills to continue until the water is safe to drink, without a filter.

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