Flint City Council still undecided on water supply - WNEM TV 5

Flint City Council still undecided on water supply

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The Flint City Council held a special meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Council members were supposed to vote on a resolution to enter into a contract with the Karegnondi Water Authority. Instead, they postponed it.

Council members say they need more time to review the project. 

They did however, amend the resolution that would authorize the city to purchase 18 million gallons of water per day. Council says they would be okay with 15.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says it would mean the city of Flint would supply its own treated water to residents, instead of purchasing it from the city of Detroit.

Walling said the deal would ease the pain residents have been feeling from high water rates.

If the council votes yes, construction of the pipeline would take eight years and mean the city is in for a 25-30 year commitment.

Even still, joining the authority could potentially save the city as much as $200 million over the next quarter century.

The mayor adds that the first $19 million of those savings would actually happen during construction.

Parts of approving the resolutions means 75 percent of the workforce building the pipeline would be local.

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