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Flint restores water service to 500+ homes during COVID-19 pandemic

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Over the past three months Flint has restored water service to hundreds of homes.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley ordered the city to start reconnecting water service to occupied homes on March 12, a few weeks before Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all Michigan cities to end water shutoffs and restore service.

The city claims it has restored water service to more than 500 homes since then. City officials stress those getting reconnected to the system must still pay for the water they use.

Flint and Genesee County are among the parts of Michigan hardest hit by thecoronaviruspandemic.

Access to clean water for hand washing is seen as a key to preventing the spread of the disease.

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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