Michigan governor’s aides urged switch away from Flint River: reports

DETROIT Two of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s top lawyers urged moving the city of Flint back to the Detroit water system due to quality problems only months after the switch from the Flint River, Detroit newspapers reported on Friday.

Flint switched its water supply from Detroit to the Flint River in April 2014 in a cost-cutting move when the city was under a state-appointed emergency manager. While the city switched its water source back last October, the more corrosive water from the river had already leached lead from city pipes, causing a serious public health threat.

The governor’s top aides discussed Flint’s water quality problems as early as the fall of 2014, the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported on Friday, citing emails released by the governor’s office.

A spokeswoman for the governor’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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