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Flint drawing water from the Detroit water system

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Mayor Dayne Walling has announced that as of 5 p.m. on Friday, Flint is on the Detroit water system.

The city has reached an agreement with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department for a temporary provision of treated Lake Huron water to make its way to Flint. The city reports that work to reconnect the two will begin immediately and that the thorough replacement from Flint River water to Detroit water will happen after approximately three weeks. City officials warn that residents may see discoloration as well as noticing some taste and odor issues during the transition.  

The move comes the same day that the EPA established a task force to help the city switch its drinking water source and a day after Governor Rick Snyder approved $9.3 million to aid the water crisis.

A tremendous effort by all three partners, along with the efforts of the Governor and the State Legislature, ensured that this action occurred as quickly as possible. “The money from the state to begin fixing Flint water by reconnecting to Detroit is just a start – a down payment,´ said Mayor Dayne Walling. “I am not going to stop until every drop of drinking water in Flint is 100% safe.”

While under an emergency manager, the city of Flint stopped getting its water from the Detroit water system in an attempt to save money. The city started drawing water from the Flint River, but health officials say the corrosiveness of that water caused lead to leach from old pipes and into drinking water.

The City of Flint reports that water provided by the DWSD will contain corrosion control agents to hinder the lead leaching, but officials say they are taking additional steps to further minimize lead risks.

Flint will purchase water from Detroit until the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) pipeline can be completed in 2016. At that time, the KWA will become the primary water source for the City and the Flint River will remain as a backup system.

Residents are asked to contact the Water Service Center at 810-766-7202 with questions. 

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