City should be reconnected to Detroit water in 30 days - WNEM TV 5

City should be reconnected to Detroit water in 30 days

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

City leaders are working quickly to connect back to the Detroit water system.

Howard Croft is the department of public works director for the city.

"Approximately 30 days from now all residents and businesses will be receiving water from Detroit," Croft said.

He says first Detroit needs to increase production of water coming in, then crews need to re-introduce and disinfect an empty section of pipe.

But the switch doesn’t fix the lead problem. Croft said the lead is leaching off of the city’s old pipes.

"That's going to occur from some extent regardless of where the water source is whether it’s the Flint River, Detroit water or when we go to the KWA that's going to be a concern," Croft said.

With many of the city's service lines and plumbing and in desperate need of an upgrade, Croft said there’s a plan in place to replace aging pipes. But that’s going to take both time and money.

"We're working a partnership with U of M Flint to identify all of our service lines throughout the city. We know of about 15,000 right now," Croft said. "If we were going to change a thousand a year that'd be a thousand a year. That's 15 years and it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of about $3 million a year to do that."

City officials still recommend that residents flush water through their faucets and use filters to help deal with the lead issue.

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