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Flint's mayor says city needs state's help implementing federal judge's order

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Flint’s mayor says the city will do everything it can to abide by a federal judge’s order that bottled water should be delivered to households in need.   

Flint residents have been relying on water from distribution centers for nearly a year, since lead contaminated the city’s tap water. But what has become a daily chore for many in Flint can be too taxing for the elderly and disabled.

Mayor Karen Weaver says the city will reach out to the state for help, though she says bottled water is still only a “temporary fix.”  

Activist Melissa Mays is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. She’s very pleased with the ruling handed down Thursday. 

“This is something they should have been doing already,” says Mays in an interview with National Public Radio. “If water’s going to be delivered to our house, we’re going to actually be able to bathe our kids in some bottled water and I think that will help cut down on their rashes and their breathing problems.”

A governor’s spokeswoman says attorneys for the state are reviewing the judge’s order. 

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