The Latest: Michigan governor to drink Flint water for month

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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 4:49 PM

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the lead-tainted water emergency in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he will drink Flint's water for roughly a month to show residents it is safe.

The Republican governor visited a house that had been confirmed to have high levels of lead and left with five gallons of water from a tap with a filter on it.

Snyder said Monday he understands that people have said that if officials say the water is OK, then he should drink it, too. He will get refills from other homes as needed.

Flint is under a state of emergency after lead from old pipes leached into the supply because the water was not treated properly.

Snyder, who has apologized for his administration's role in the crisis, is urging residents to use filtered water for drinking and cooking.

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11:10 a.m.

A Michigan water quality official who told Flint that a chemical wasn't needed to prevent lead corrosion from pipes has taken a different job in the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Mike Prysby, an Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance district engineer responsible for Genesee County, now works in the Water Resources Division's Transportation and Flood Hazard Unit as of March 28.

That was a day before a supervisor at Flint's water plant, Mike Glasgow, testified at a legislative hearing that Prysby told him before Flint's 2014 switch to a local river for water that phosphate wasn't required.

DEQ spokeswoman Melanie Brown says Prysby took a position vacated when someone was promoted, and his switch wasn't a forced transfer. The Snyder administration continues to investigate staff actions in Flint.