Rick Snyder

Flint residents hope pipe flushing will help get lead out

Foul-smelling water that came through the tap of David G. Mata Sr.'s house in Flint last year turned his sinks and toilets a brownish-orange color and nearly killed all of his plants.

The 68-year-old retiree quickly stopped using it, relying instead on bottled water.

"I didn't realize how valuable water was until I didn't have it any more," said Mata, who added that he is willing to do whatever is necessary to fix the "bad water" problem that has bedeviled the two-story dwelling — his family's home for six decades.

That includes going along with the state and city's suggestion that he and other residents run cold water for 10 minutes a day to...