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Snyder: State will hire 50 Flint residents to help with water testing

Feb 8, 2016

Credit Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder says the state is working with two Flint organizations to hire 50 residents who will help test the city's water for lead contamination.

Snyder announced Monday that Orchards Children's Services and the Flint YMCA's Safe Places Program will help hire and train city residents this month.

More residents may be hired as needed.

The Republican governor says in a press release that water testing teams need more people to get the job done, and "no one is better suited to help the city bounce back."

He adds the hiring is part of an effort to ensure residents "benefit from opportunities created by relief efforts."

City and community leaders have called for employing residents, particularly teens, to help deal with the health crisis.