City to begin processing Flint River water - WNEM TV 5

City to begin processing Flint River water

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The city of Flint announced that it will very soon be operating with Flint river water and took a big step toward that by opening the intake to the river Thursday.

The change from the Detroit pipeline is one that city leaders have been working toward for a while.

It's just one of the steps the city hopes will lead them out of emergency manager control.

"This is something that we have done, quarterly, over the last decade or so. When we begin drawing that water in, we do not intend to stop drawing that water in until the Karagondi reaches our plant with the raw water," says Howard Croft, director of Public Works for the city of Flint.

Monday, April 21 is the scheduled day for the city to declare water independence from Detroit. City officials say for nearly 50 years Detroit has raised water rates on the city at will. Now with the river supplying water, customers wonder if they'll see a change.

"No. Average residents won't notice any difference. The system, as it's designed, has very complex treatment standards and systems built into it. As we've talked before, the plant went through an extensive upgrade in the early 2000s," says Flint Utilities Administrator Daugherty Johnson.

The city will start processing Flint river water and by next week officials hope it will be the source of water for the entire city. The Karegnondi water pipeline is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

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