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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. "I want everybody in the city of Flint to know that you should have your child checked," Obama said during a meeting with a group of government officials responding to the crisis.
By Timothy Gardner FLINT, Mich. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sipped filtered water in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and assured parents that children over 6 years old could do the same during a visit to a city still reeling from a scandal over lead-poisoned drinking water. Obama made the trip to the mostly African-American community to reassure residents that the water was safe even as he predicted it would take more than two years to replace the city's aging pipes, which leached lead into the drinking water.