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The once routine practice of getting a glass of water before a restaurant meal in Flint, Mich., is now fraught with apprehension, since lead pipes started leaching into the drinking water after officials switched to the highly corrosive Flint River as the city’s water supply.

The crisis over lead-contaminated water has touched every aspect of life in Flint, and for restaurants, it could not have come at a worse time. In the past few years, restaurants have been resurging, especially in downtown Flint. Now, they are trying to recoup lost business and convince leery customers that their water is safe.

Flint switched back to Lake Huron for its drinking water late last year. But despite the ongoing testing for lead, city and state officials say it’s time to go on the offense in regard to restaurants.

Tests Say The Water Is Safe. But Flint’s Restaurants Still Struggle

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