(NEWSER) – While children in Flint were drinking foul-smelling brown water tainted with lead and the state was denying there was a problem, state workers in the Michigan city had their own water supply, according to documents obtained by the Progress Michigan group.

A notice from the state Department of Technology, Management, and Budget dated Jan. 7, 2015, says that because of concerns about tap water, the agency is in the process "of providing a water cooler on each occupied floor, positioned near the water fountain," reports the Detroit Free Press. The memo was issued six months before members of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration acknowledged concerns about Flint's water, the Atlantic reports.

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