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Flint Mayor: Governor should stay in city for 30 days instead of drinking the water

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver suggests to Governor Rick Snyder that instead of drinking filtered Flint drinking water, he should stay in Flint for 30 days. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/NBC 25)

Flint Mayor: Governor should stay in city for 30 days instead of drinking the water

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver wasted little time at a press conference Tuesday morning addressing Governor Rick Snyder's move to drink Flint tap water.

"Drinking filtered water doesn't impress us at all. If the governor really wanted to know what it's like to deal with the situation we're in, instead of drinking filtered water for thirty days, he should come and stay here for thirty days," Weaver says.

It was during a stop on Monday at a home in Flint where Snyder left with jugs of water directly from the home's tap. Snyder said he is going to drink the water for the next thirty days both at work in Lansing, and at home. The reason, Snyder gave, was to let residents know that even though there may be a long way to go before the water is considered safe, there is progress that is being made. Mayor Weaver says she's not buying the recent vote of confidence from Lansing.

"We've heard people tell us we could drink the water before so this is like déjà vu. I'm not going to tell anybody to drink the water. If they want to follow what the governor is doing, that's on them," Weaver says.

The water became laced with toxic levels of lead when the city switched its drinking water source to the Flint River in 2014.

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