Odd color, chlorine taste: Complaints plague city as it seeks water independence from Detroit

Less than an hour's drive from one of Earth's great fresh water sources, some people in Flint are searching for a drop worth drinking.

Since the city left the Detroit water system, residents have been unhappy with the smell, taste and appearance of the water they're getting from the city's river. They've also raised health concerns, including hair loss and rashes. A General Motors plant stopped using the water, saying it was rusting out parts.

Tests show the water meets safety guidelines. Officials contend Flint will be better off once a Lake Huron pipe is complete.

The headaches underscore the challenges of being the first major city to break from Detroit and offer lessons for others weighing if it's worth going solo.