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State Officials in Flint Got Bottled Water 10 Months Before the Public

State Officials in Flint Got Bottled Water 10 Months Before the Public

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Adding insult to injury, newly released emails show that while the public was kept in the dark about the poisoning of Flint, Michigan, drinking water, government officials were provided with bottled water for ten months prior to when the scandal broke.

Government e-mails released on Thursday by the group Progress Michigan show that, as far back as January 2015, Flint's State administration building was stocked with purified water specifically because the tap water was known to be toxic.

The email, a Facility Notification, sent by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, directly addressed the quality of the city’s tap water.

"While the City of Flint states that corrective actions are not necessary, DTMB is in the process of providing a water cooler on each occupied floor, positioned near the water fountain, so you can choose which water to drink," said the January 7, 2015, notice.

"The coolers will arrive today and will be provided as long as the public water does not meet treatment requirements."

The addition of bottled water was in response to a city health notice in late December 2014 or early January 2015, though a public announcement was not made that the health of residents was an acute risk.

“It appears the state wasn’t as slow as we first thought in responding the Flint Water Crisis. Sadly, the only response was to protect the Snyder administration from future liability and not to protect the children of Flint from lead poisoning,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, in a statement regarding the email. “While residents were being told to relax and not worry about the water, the Snyder administration was taking steps to limit exposure in its own building.”

Scott notes that the revelation that the state protected government workers proves a lack of concern for residents by Governor Rick Snyder.

“Another day and another example of the Snyder administration’s lackluster response to this crisis. Worse yet, this shows that the response was not only late and so far ineffective, but it was also unequal,” Scott added. “Governor Snyder needs to explain to the people of Flint why his administration trucked water into a state building while allowing residents to drink unsafe water.”

Many are calling for Governor Snyder to be removed from office and arrested for his role in not alerting or protecting the public.

Related:
Activists Push for Immediate State Action to Fix Flint’s Toxic Water System
Move Over Flint: Ohio Town Falls Victim to Lead-Poisoned Water Scandal
Militia Joins Flint Water Crisis Protest
Flint Residents Could See Children Taken For Not Paying Toxic Water Bills
How Governor of Michigan Wrecked the City of Flint
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  • Ivan Buckeye
    Mr. Synder needs to resign. Acting like some big oligarch. What a fool.
  • karlof1
    It's rather amazing that Snyder hasn't been targeted for assassination given his premeditated poisoning of thousands of children. Like the Genocidal Sanctions on Iraq, massive crimes are committed but nobody pays for them. I guess Jim Jones was just unlucky.
  • Bob Hoferer
    "Many are calling for Governor Snyder to be removed from office and arrested for his role in not alerting or protecting the public."
    If this is true, he and all the others should be tried and shot.
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