Flint daycares take water precautions

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FLINT (WJRT) - (09/25/15) - Some of those most at risk from the lead in Flint's water are the city's youngest members - our children. So how are daycares handling the situation?

ABC12 called a couple day cares in Flint to ask if they're taking any precautions about water. What we found out is most have already been doing so for months.

"We decided that for the safety of our children, that we're not going to take any risks, no chances. We're going to go ahead and just start buying water and not give them Flint water,” said Walishya White, owner and director of Kiddie Time Childcare.

White says they haven't been using Flint water for nearly a year. She says the kids are her number one priority and she's not taking any chances.

"I don't know if it's going to affect their brain, their development, or anything else that's gonna be going on. So like I said, I'd rather be safe than sorry. Just use precaution,” White said.

Kiddie Time spends about $600 a month on bottled water and jugs of water.

"We do not charge the parents any extra. We just feel like for the safety of our children, I'd rather be safe than sorry,” she said.

When staff prepares the meals at Kiddie Time, they only use bottled water to cook.

"We used bottled water to cook, to give them, to do everything other than wash their hands and use the bathroom,” White said.

So even the homemade lunches the kids get are cooked with bottled water.

"It’s not safe. I just don't feel like anyone should be using that right now,” White said.

As far as what the future will bring, White isn't sure. She says Kiddie Time will be using bottled water until they're absolutely sure Flint's water is safe.

"Especially when you're dealing with kids, you just never know. You never know why they're breaking out, they have a rash, it could be from the water, it could be from anything, so you should just take any precautions that you need,” White said.

Doctors at Hurley Medical Center and even the health department say infants and pregnant women should avoid Flint's water completely. All young children are at risk of getting high blood lead levels, which could lead to a lowered IQ and behavioral problems, among other things.

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