President Barack Obama drinks a glass of filtered Flint water during a meeting with Federal officials at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint, Mich. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Daniel Mears/The Detroit News via AP, Pool)
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US President Barack Obama on Wednesday visited crisis-hit Flint, Michigan, where he sipped filtered water to prove it was potable but warned poisonous lead pipes may take two years to replace.More than 8,000 children are believed to have drunk contaminated water in the hardscrabble northern city, which has become a focus of the 2016 election campaign.Obama did caution residents about drinking unfiltered water and the scale of the problem the rust belt city faces in replacing lead tainted piping.Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders even held a presidential debate in Flint ahead of the Michigan primary in March.Obama has used his trip to show Flint residents that the federal government is listening to them and working to solve the water problem.
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