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Michigan governor to drink Flint water for month

Flint water crisis
Posted at 10:08 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 22:08:00-04

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he will drink Flint's water for roughly a month to show residents it is safe.

The Republican governor visited a house that had been confirmed to have high levels of lead and left with five gallons of water from a tap with a filter on it.

Snyder said Monday he understands that people have said that if officials say the water is OK, then he should drink it, too. He will get refills from other homes as needed.

Flint is under a state of emergency after lead from old pipes leached into the supply because the water was not treated properly.

Snyder, who has apologized for his administration's role in the crisis, is urging residents to use filtered water for drinking and cooking.