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Long lines for the last cases of free bottled water in Flint

Apr 9, 2018

The line of cars and trucks waiting to pick up bottled water stretched down Dort Highway in Flint.
Credit steve carmody / Michigan Radio

It’s been another day of long lines at water distribution centers in Flint. 

Cars and trucks started lining up after Governor Snyder announced last week that the state will stop providing city residents with free bottled water.

The state started handing out cases of water to city residents two years ago after tests showed elevated levels of lead in Flint’s tap water. The governor insists tests show Flint’s drinking water is now well within state and federal standards.

Nevertheless, many residents still fear their tap water is contaminated with lead and other substances.  

LaShaya Darishaw is among a group of activists who are demanding the governor reverse his decision.

“It is not right that the people that we put in office are not standing up for what we need,” says Darishaw.

The activists plan to go to the state capitol this week to protest the decision to end bottled water distribution in Flint.

They are also calling for a boycott of Nestle products to protest the governor’s decision. 

The same week the governor ended bottled water distribution in Flint, the Snyder administration approved a controversial permit allowing Nestle to extract 576,000 gallons of water each day from the White Pine Springs, nearly double its previous pumping limit.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved the permit despite astronomical public opposition to the request.