The Latest: State eyeing new water filters for all in Flint

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Posted: Jan 07, 2016 5:03 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the developments regarding Flint's water crisis (all times local):

5 p.m.

A state official says an effort will be made to provide every household in Flint with a water filter.

Captain Chris Kelenske (kell-IN'-skee) of the Michigan State Police says the filters can remove nearly all the lead from water when properly used.

Kelenske is director of the State Emergency Operations Center, which was activated this week when Gov. Rick Snyder declared an emergency in response to elevated lead levels in Flint's public water supply.

He says damage assessments are taking place and more information is needed to determine whether a request for a federal disaster declaration will be needed.

The city had switched from Detroit water to water from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money, and did not reverse its decision until October.

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4:40 p.m.

Recently released documents show a top aide to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder warned the state in July that Flint residents who were worried about high lead levels in their drinking water were "basically getting blown off."

Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore made the comment in a July 22 email to an official with the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The email, which does not contain Muchmore's name, was obtained through an open records request by Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech University. The environmental engineering professor has investigated high lead levels in Flint's public water system and posted the email online Thursday.

Snyder spokesman Dave Murray confirmed that Muchmore wrote it after meeting with Flint community leaders.

The city had switched from Detroit water to water from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money, and did not reverse its decision until October.