FLINT (AP) – Michigan officials say they will keep providing water bottles, filters and testing-kits to residents dealing with the lead-tainted water crisis after the federal emergency declaration ends in August.

Michigan State Police Capt. Chris Kelenske said in a release Thursday the state will provide supplies until the water meets quality standards. The emergency declared by the Obama administration in January ends Aug. 14.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been providing resources under a 75 percent federal and 25 percent state cost-sharing agreement. The state will be responsible for all costs once that declaration ends.

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Scientists say Flint’s water has gotten much better in recent months and is safe for hand-washing, showering and bathing. A filter should still be used for drinking and food preparation.

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