Flint Water Crisis: Gov. Says ‘I Let You Down’

Staff Sgt. William Phillips, with the Michigan National Guard, assists a resident at a water distribution center Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. AP

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he has failed the residents of Flint, but pledged to take new steps to repair the city’s drinking water crisis.

Gov. Snyder said he will commit millions in state funding to the task and pledged a greater transparency. Snyder plans to release his own emails regarding Flint’s water issue, which became contaminated when the city switched its water source in 2014 as a cost-cutting measure.

“I’m sorry most of all that I let you down,” Snyder said in a 49-minute address on Tuesday. “You deserve better. You deserve accountability. You deserve to know that the buck stops here with me. Most of all, you deserve to know the truth, and I have a responsibility to tell the truth.”

The lead contamination has left the city’s residents unable to drink unfiltered tap water. The National Guard, state employees, local authorities and volunteers have been distributing lead tests, filters and bottled water to residents.

Government aides vowed that by the end of the week, officials would visit ever household in the city to ensure they have water filters.

Read more at Associated Press.