LANSING, Mich. – According to emails obtained by liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan, the state provided its workers in Flint with water cooler dispensers in January 2015.
The water came when Flint announced it had failed to meet some drinking water standards apart from the recent water crisis involving lead contamination.
In a facility notification dated Jan. 7, 2015, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget referenced violations to drinking water standards and stated that water coolers would be provided on each occupied floor near drinking fountains, giving state employees the option between the city’s water and bottled.
“It appears the state wasn’t as slow as we first thought in responding the Flint water crisis,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan.
The advocacy group has been critical of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and is campaigning for more transparency with FOIA records.