Flint state building had bottled water for a year while residents used tap

Members of the Michigan National Guard load bottled water at a fire station, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 in Flint, Mich. The Michigan Legislature voted Thursday to direct another $28 million to address Flint's water emergency, allocating money for bottled water, medical assessments and other costs in the city struggling with a lead-contaminated supply. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

FLINT, Mich. (AP)  An official says the state of Michigan has offered fresh bottled water at a state building in Flint for a year — although residents were told not to worry about their tap water until last fall.

Caleb Buhs, a spokesman for the agency that manages state buildings, says the water coolers began in January 2015 after Flint had flunked some drinking water standards apart from the lead contamination that has caused the current crisis.

He says the water coolers still are supplied to a state building in Flint. Employees can also use the drinking fountains.

Buhs says it was a decision “we made as the building owner.”

A liberal group critical of Gov. Rick Snyder released state emails Thursday that described how water was being provided to the building.

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