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City moving back to Detroit water

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

With a great sigh of relief, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the city will switch back to water coming from Detroit.

 “I'm in full support of the return to the Great Lakes Water Authority. And that we do this in a prompt and efficient fashion and partnership with the Great Lakes Water Authority,” Snyder said.

And with that, say goodbye to that Flint River water coming through your tap.

“We know flint needs a sustainable water source for today, and in the future,” said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

This decision follows not only yesterday's meeting with technical advisers, but also the outcries of citizens fed up with the horrible water.               

So when will the switch begin? Well, you won't have to wait for long

“The city is already working diligently to make the re-connection. The un-used transition line will be cleared and tested. Questions about optimal corrosion control have started,” Walling said.

Walling said the switch should take about two weeks.

Now, it may seem like this chapter with the Flint River is finally coming to a close, but it's not time to celebrate just yet.

“I view this not as a victory for our community, but a fix that is unfortunately necessary,” said state Sen. Jim Ananich.

And that fix has a hefty price tag: $12 million.

The plan Snyder laid out said the city is responsible for $2 million.

After that, he is asking legislature to come up with $6 million, and the C.S. Mott Foundation is donating the rest of the $4 million.

“Reconnecting to Detroit is a major step toward safe water. But I need to point out the rehab process will take more time and more money,” Walling said.

This switch back to Detroit water is temporary, until the city can start using the new Karegnondi Pipeline.

That pipeline is currently being built and is scheduled to be finished by next June.

>>We checked on the progress of the KWA pipeline<<

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