City of Flint intends to remain on Detroit's water supply

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 21, 2017

According to a report from NBC News, "Flint's mayor is poised to make a recommendation on where the MI city should get its drinking water on the long term".

Flint was a former long-term customer of the Great Lakes Water Authority, but in 2013, officials made a decision to join a county-wide system that was set to draw and treat drinking water from Lake Huron. The news brief notes that Mayor Weaver had remained committed to drawing Huron River water through the pipeline under construction by the Karegnondi Water Authority. But she re-evaluated that decision as a condition of receiving $100 million in federal funding to address the manmade disaster.

"This protects residents from any potential fears or anxieties that would come from another change in our water source, especially at a time when the water has improved and is now meeting federal and state action level standards", Karen Weaver said during a news conference at city hall with federal, state and local officials.

The city has been using treated water from the Detroit system since December 2015, after officials discovered Flint's water supply was going untreated.

The mayor said this plan to stay connected with GLWA is the lowest cost option for Flint, and the quickest to implement.

In a press conference today, Mayor Karen Weaver recommended the city get its water from Detroit's system long-term. The second annual Hoop 4 Water celebrity basketball game scheduled for May 20 will raise money for Flint. City officials didn't immediately treat the river water to ensure it didn't corrode pipes. The Great Lakes Water Authority also would benefit by keeping Flint as a long-term customer.

The KWA will become a backup source of water for the GLWA, creating needed redundancy in the system that supplies water to 3.9 million customers in 127 communities in Southeast Michigan.

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