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More than 8,000 residents who have unpaid bills received notices that if their balances are not paid by May 19, a tax lien will be placed on their homes, according to a report by NBC News.

"Flint families should not have to pay for water that they still can not drink, and they certainly should not lose their homes over this ongoing water crisis that was caused by the callous decisions of state government".

More than 8,000 people in Flint have been told they could lose both their water supply and even their homes, if they continue to refuse to pay bills for polluted water provided by the MI city.

Recently, Michigan officials discontinued an initiative that footed residents' water bills, adding that $41 million was spent throughout the initiative's tenure, Washington Post adds.

Flint wants thousands of its residents to pay for water that had been deemed to have risky levels of lead and caused a water crisis in the city that has lasted over two years. "And water contamination also has been linked to the deaths of a dozen people from Legionnaires' disease".

Her family has already stopped doing laundry at home, cooking with tap water, and has begun limiting their showers to seven minutes because the water is so toxic.

But that program ended last month, despite the fact that at the end of April, the mayor said that almost 20,000 Flint residences still have lead and galvanized service lines that need to be replaced.

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Thousands of people in Flint, Michigan, still grappling with the effects of a lead-poisoned drinking water crisis could face tax liens and even foreclosure on their homes for unpaid water bills.

"We are not out of the woods yet", Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement. These are families who haven't paid their water bill for at least six months, NBC reports. "I'm just glad to finally put it to rest and move on and go from here", he said.

Pastor David Bullock holds up a bottle of Flint water as Michigan State Police hold a barrier to keep protesters out of the Romney Building, where Gov. Rick Snyder's office resides on, January 14, 2016, in Lansing, Mich.

"We are legally obligated to follow this process", she said.

City leaders, however, say that in light of the state's decision to end subsidies, they're left with little choice.

"Customer payments are necessary to help the city of Flint collect the funds needed to pay over $1.2 million per month for treated water and provide for water and sewer services as Flint continues to recover from the effects of the man-made water crisis", he said in a statement. In the month prior, they only collected $2.1 million. "Mr. Glasgow sent the flares up when nobody else did and he's the reason that we're able to get started because he tried and no one responded to him".