Last week, U.S. District Judge David Lawson ordered the state of Michigan to deliver four cases of bottled water weekly to each resident who needs it while struggling with lead-contaminated water that lasts since 2014. Attorneys for the state filed a motion Thursday to linger the order while they appeal the decision, reports Huffington Post.
Anna Heaton, the spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, claimed that the state has no resources available to provide water delivery, which would cost about $10 millions monthly. In the motion, the state argued that water filters and bottled water should be enough for the residents of Flint, who have not have access to clean drinking water for more than two years. Moreover, the state worries about possible plastic contamination coming from the water bottles.
“It’s sad that the State of Michigan continues to disenfranchise the community of Flint,” Pastor Allen Overton with the Concerned Pastors for Social Action said in a statement.
It has been proved that both adult people and children are currently suffering from elevated lead levels in their blood due to the contaminated water.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the plaintiffs in the current lawsuit, criticized Michigan for again denying help to residents.
“Seeking to delay the federal court order that the State immediately fix Flint’s water crisis is an obvious insult to the people of Flint, whose tap water has been contaminated with lead for more than two years,” NRDC Midwest Director Henry Henderson said in a statement.