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Water filter distribution to start for residents in Flint

Folks in Flint line up for a free water filter giveaway hosted by the Genessee County Health Department.

Officials are scheduled to start distributing filters to some Flint residents receiving water from the city's water system.

"It's not good for him to drink that growing up, his body's not fully developed," parent Maxine Gray said of her one month old son.

Tests have shown children with elevated levels of lead, months after Flint began drawing and treating water from the Flint River. The water is stirring up lead in old pipes in thousands of homes.

About 4,000 filters certified by the National Sanitation Foundation will be handed out Saturday morning at the University of Michigan-Flint.

"I'm very excited," said Takisha Moller who's soon expecting her first child. "Glad I'll get to drink healthy water."

Receiving priority will be pregnant women, families where infants are on formula or being breastfed, and Children Special Health Care Services households. Only one filter will be available per home.

The state said Friday it's chipping in at least $1 million to buy home water filters for Flint.

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