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Flint Residents Told: Pay for Your Dirty Water or Face Eviction

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:25 AM

They've put up with years of poisonous water — and now more than 8,000 residents of Flint, Michigan, may be forcibly thrown out of their houses.

That's because furious homeowners are refusing to pay their utility bills for the heavily polluted water supply they've had to endure for nearly two years.

And Flint is pressuring the beleaguered protestors to either make good on their bills — or risk losing their residences, The Independent reports.

The newspaper says residents have been issued water shutoff notices and face may tax liens that could leave them homeless. But despite the warnings, Flint is still pumping dirty water through their taps, residents say.

In April 2014, the city's water was switched to the Flint River, but corrosion controls were not put in place, leading to lead peeling off into the supply.

Residents complained about smelly, murky water emerging from their taps. Dangerously high levels of the toxic metal were detected in the blood of some, including children.

Two state regulators and a Flint employee have been hit with criminal charges.

In February, Michigan said it would provide Flint residents with water filters and replacement cartridges until 2020.

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