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Nestle will provide bottled water to Flint for the next several months

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

A controversial company will provide some Flint residents with bottled water for the next several months.

Nestle has been criticized for its deal to pump more water from rural Michigan for its bottled water business.

The company has agreed to distribute thousands of those bottles for free to Flint residents.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaversays Nestle will deliver three semi-truck loads to special help centers weekly.

“I want to thank Nestle for their willingness to help the people of Flint,” says Weaver.

Last month,the state of Michigan ended a bottled water distribution program that many Flint residents had come to rely on.  

State officials say tests showlead levels in Flint’s tap water are now within state and federal quality standards.

But many people in Flint still don’t trust their tap water.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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