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Flint, Michigan residents who are "facing the risk of lead contamination in their water are entitled to watter bottle delivery" a judge ruled this week.
According to The Guardian, U.S. District judge, David Lawson said in a preliminary injunction that officials "must deliver each week four cases of bottled water per resident to the households in the town that don't have properly installed taps."
“The interim relief is intended to provide a rough substitute for the essential service that municipal water systems must furnish: delivery of safe drinking water at the point of use,” Lawson wrote in the 37-page order. “The Court is convinced that this service can be achieved by means of the current water main and service line infrastructure, augmented by effective faucet filters that are installed and maintained properly.”
The state says the city's water was contaminated in October 2015 , and officials switched back to using its previous source, Lake Huron.
“The Court today affirmed that all people have the right the safe drinking water, including the people of Flint, Michigan,” said Dimple Chaudhary, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which filed the lawsuit. “The court correctly recognized that the government created this crisis, and it’s the government’s responsibility to ensure that all people in Flint have access to safe drinking water.”
Flint officials remain hopeful President Donald Trump will address the city's water issues.