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Water plant wells sit dry during crisis

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Flint water plant 2016 (Source: WNEM) Flint water plant 2016 (Source: WNEM)

It wasn’t long ago that the Flint water plant pumped river water out to the people of Flint. Now it’s like a ghost town. The wells, once full, have dried up.

“Through our control center here, we know pressure is out in the system,” said Mike Glasgow, utilities director for Flint.

Glasgow explained how the system is supposed to work to two men who will ultimately help decide how much state money will be sent to Flint.

 “They want to have confidence in the water source and what comes out of the faucet is part of that. And finding solutions is going to be one of those things that leads toward that,” State Senator Jim Stamas said.

Stamas and State Rep. Ed McBroom are leading the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency. They visited the plant on March 21 as part of the committee’s task to recommend solutions at the state level.

One Flint City Council member, Scott Kincaid, says there’s been enough showmanship, and now there needs to be action.

“They’re evaluating this problem. Put some dollars behind what needs to be done. We need more, we need a lot more than what the state has already been willing to offer,” Kincaid said.

Kincaid said the money that’s come Flint’s way so far is just a drop in the bucket.

“Because of the state’s intervention in our community, the taxpayers of the state now have a responsibility to fix what they’ve done," Kincaid said.

Stamas said it’s important to make sure what’s done on the state level is done right, and said it can’t happen overnight.

“When you look at the complexity of where the water’s coming, it’s a challenge. It’s a system that’s been built over decades, and it can’t be fixed in one day," Stamas said.

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