Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking a federal disaster declaration, which would bring more. The lead is believed to have caused illness among residents.
The city's water became contaminated after a change in supplier in 2014, when lead leached from old pipes. "So we're not able to avoid the subject". Tests have shown high levels of lead in some children's blood.
That declaration would provide more money and resources than the emergency declaration. He did not release those of his staff. In Michigan, the executive office is exempt from public-records requests, but Snyder said he took the unprecedented step so people "know the truth".
He did not release the emails of his staff, drawing criticism from Democrats and open-government advocates.
In a speech on Tuesday (Jan 19), Mr Snyder said federal, state and local leaders had failed residents.
Experts have said applying the corrosion controls would have stopped lead connections from leaching the toxic metals into the drinking water and exposing children to them.
Snyder has said he was first briefed on the "potential scope and magnitude" of the crisis on September 28. He mobilized National Guard troops to help distribute water a week later. To date, the water crisis has not been blamed on cost-cutting.
The task force chairman, Ken Sikkema, said in a separate message that the finding was "critical and urgent" and could not be delayed until the group completed its report.
Governor Snyder also pushed lawmakers to pass bills to overhaul Detroit's troubled schools. Agency Director Dan Wyant's resignation - and the firing of three other staffers - should take effect the next day.
"The President can declare a major disaster for any natural event, including any hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought, or, regardless of cause, fire, flood, or explosion, that the President determines has caused damage of such severity that it is beyond the combined capabilities of state and local governments to respond". "This disaster is a natural catastrophe in the sense that lead contamination into water is a natural process".
Blame is swirling after a switch in the water supply to the financially-strapped city of 100,000 north of Detroit led to elevated levels of lead in drinking water. The problem stems from the complete lack of good governance and regard for the people of Flint, where 41.5 percent of the population lives in poverty, the unemployment rate is around 16 percent and there is only one police officer for about every 830 people.
The lead contamination - which can lead to behavior problems and learning disabilities in children and kidney ailments in adults - has left Flint residents unable to drink unfiltered tap water.
Remarking on his meeting with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver Tuesday at the White House, Obama said "I told her that we are going to have her back".
"People have said how they want things handled with him", Weaver said Wednesday.
The Michigan House has approved Gov. Rick Snyder's request for $28 million more to deal with Flint's drinking water crisis. The money also would cover the replacement of plumbing fixtures in schools, day cares and medical facilities.
"The House and Senate both appropriated $6 million to get the Flint water system transfered back to the Detroit waters system", Victory said, referring to a vote last fall. He is expected to include additional funding in his February budget proposal.