Flint city leaders discuss going back to Detroit's water system

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FLINT (WJRT) - (03/24/15) - Flint city leaders are still considering if switching back to Detroit water is their best option. Officials say they want to ease the water worries of people living in the city.

A motion was passed Monday night to consider going back to Detroit water.

City leaders who supported the motion say they're listening to their residents and pushing hard to provide them with clean, affordable water.

"That motion is to do everything necessary. Special meetings, call the emergency manager in a special meeting, the mayor, look at the funds. Do all things necessary," said Ward 1 Councilman Eric Mays.

"We just want the residents to know we're fighting on their behalf," said Ward 7 Councilwoman Monica Galloway.

Councilman Wantwaz Davis also had a motion pass, asking the board to consider putting residents on a shut off protection plan for those who can't afford to pay their water bills.

Flint's emergency manager, Jerry Ambrose, says Flint's water is safe and meets all government standards. He also says water users pay some of the highest rates in the state because of decreased usage and the age of the system, and water from Detroit is no safer than water from Flint.

Ambrose would have to ultimately approve going back to Detroit's water system.

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