In a statement released Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump both urged people to drink bottled water, saying that water quality has improved and they are confident that the city will have the water to meet its residents’ health and safety needs.
“Today we’re issuing an emergency order that will help residents of Flint, Michigan, return to drinking the water that has worked so well for decades,” Pence said.
“The Trump administration has already provided billions of dollars to help Flint, and we’ll continue to work with our friends in Congress to ensure that this money reaches all those who need it.”
Trump and Pence also said the administration is working with local officials to find the best solution for Flint.
The governor and the vice president also urged people who live in Flint to keep drinking the city’s water, a water source that is in desperate need of repairs and improvement.
“We are proud to be working with the state to restore safe drinking water to Flint and are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure all Americans have access to safe and affordable clean drinking water,” the statement said.
The state of Michigan, which has been grappling with its lead contamination crisis for months, has been criticized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its lack of action in the city.
Flint has been a hub of the country’s opioid crisis and a hub for drug trafficking, leading to the deaths of thousands of children and parents in the past year.