State: Fresh water in building was for all

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/AP) – A spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says fresh bottled water placed in a state building in Flint beginning in January 2015 was for both employees and residents.

Snyder spokesman Dave Murray told 24 Hour News 8 that the water was placed in the state office building prior to the discovery of the lead contamination.

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Murray said there were concerns over the color and odor of Flint water at the time, and that advisories had been issued suggesting people with compromised immune systems avoid drinking the water.
Along with state workers, the building also serves Department of Human Services clients, and some of those clients might be among those told to avoid the water.
Murray said he didn’t know if workers promoted that the fresh water was available, but no signs prohibited the public from drinking water from the cooler.

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He also said the water was provided until early summer, and then again in October after a public health emergency was declared. Another state spokesman had earlier said it was provided continuously.

Snyder told WWJ-AM he had “no knowledge of that taking place.”

Snyder Friday signed a bill for $28 million in additional funding to address the Flint water crisis while visiting a press event in Grand Rapids.

Snyder signed a bill for $28 million in additional funding to address the Flint water crisis while visiting a press event in Grand Rapids Friday.

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