KWA remains city's hope for water - WNEM TV 5

KWA remains city's hope for water

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On Tuesday, people continues to pick up free water filters as the Flint River remains tapped as Flint's water source.

"Anything that, better water, better anything here is needed," said resident Jeffrey Larke.

The filter handout is a temporary remedy by the state to remove lead that has leached into the system.

About 20 miles east of Flint, crews worked into the evening on what many people in Flint are hoping will be the safe water solution: the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline.

John O'Brien is the director of Genesee County's Waste and Water Services, and is overseeing the KWA.

"The Flint River, the water quality can change day in and day out, because if it rains, it's all tied to the water basin, where Lake Huron, is a much more stable water supply," O'Brien said.

He said the $300 million project is on-time and by next June or July, raw Lake Huron water will be the city's source.

Already, 38 miles of the 74 mile pipeline are in place.

"Each contractor is averaging about a mile a month, and there's about five crews working right now, so we're averaging about 5 miles a month," O’Brien said.

On Oct. 2, as part of the governor's Flint water action plan, the Department of Environmental Quality promised to expedite any and all permits needed to keep the work flowing on the KWA.

The raw water will be treated at the flint water plant.

O'Brien said the city will be able to more easily treat the water with proper corrosion control.

But some residents say even with this completion, there's still a serious problem.

"If the leads in the pipes we already have, I think that's something they need to think about replacing first," said resident Elizabeth Keeler.

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