The New York Times reports that Judge David M. Lawson of Federal District Court ruled that city and state officials of Flint must begin providing Flint residents at least 96 half-liter bottles of water a week until they figure out a permanent solution.
That will reduce the cost of delivery, Lawson said, but "if the defendants can not establish that a household is so equipped (with a working filter), then they must deliver the water by other means". Those who couldn't pick up the water could call for delivery. They've argued that many residents can't get to water distribution sites or have other challenges.
Volunteers load a pallet with bottled water to be distributed outside the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in February in Flint, Mich.
City officials have been working almost two months to collect money from outstanding commercial water bill accounts to meet state demands the city have a 70 percent water bill collection rate.
It's unclear how many people in the city of roughly 100,000 will get home delivery.
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Delivery isn't required if officials confirm that a filter has been installed and is working properly. 'It's a complex situation, and the government response has not been robust enough'.
Lawson said state officials must file a progress report by December 16 showing compliance with the order.
The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by Concerned Pastors for Social Change; Melissa Mays, a Flint resident; the American Civil Liberties Union of MI; and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Flint made global headlines as a city blighted by a massive contaminated-water scandal two years ago, when the administration of the state's Republican Governor Rick Snyder changed the city's drinking water source to save money.
The city switched back in October 2015 after tests found high levels of lead in blood samples taken from children, but the water has not returned fully to normal. The mental and physical development of children can be severely hindered if they are exposed to lead at an early age.