In January 2015, as state officials told Flint, Michigan residents that the water was safe to drink, they also quietly provided state employees in the city with purified water coolers so they wouldn’t have to drink from the tap.
Government emails — obtained by Progress Michigan — revealed an exchange between government agencies, including Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, that expressed concern over Flint’s water quality. One document in particular — dated Jan. 7, 2015 — was an administrative order that showed Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration decided to place bottled water coolers next to drinking water fountains so employees could "choose which water to drink."
Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, lamented Snyder's government's indifference in protecting the people of Flint.
"Sadly, the only response was to protect the Snyder administration from future liability and not to protect the children of Flint from lead poisoning,” Scott said in a statement. “While residents were being told to relax and not worry about the water, the Snyder administration was taking steps to limit exposure in its own building."
This latest development just further proves how necessary it is that Snyder steps down — and be imprisoned.
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