Researcher skeptical after Gov. Snyder says Flint water safe to bathe in

Scott Smith speaking to Flint residents. (WEYI)

FLINT, Mich. (WEYI) -- "It is irresponsible and incomprehensible that anyone could declare that bath and shower water is safe based on drinking water and drinking water standards," said Scott Smith, the Chief Officer and Investigator from the Water Defense Team.

Smith was speaking to Flint residents suffering from a tainted water supply.


On Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder said the water in Flint was safe for residents to bathe in, but Smith says it's simply too early to tell.

"The accurate statement is that we are not sure whether it is safe to shower and bathe because the bathtub and shower water has not been tested for the full spectrum of chemicals," Smith said.

While they continue to push through the crisis, folks in Flint say advocates like Smith give them faith that better things may lie ahead.

"People are fighting, and people are continuing to resolve the issue," said activist Desiree Duell.

Flint's drinking water became tainted when officials began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The impoverished city of 100,000 north of Detroit was under state control at the time.

Regulators failed to ensure the water was treated properly and lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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