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Flint to get water from Lake Huron as soon as system ready

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The governor said the water quality is improving and the state may be kicking in some money to help ease the transition to the KWA pipeline -- the anticipated new water supple for the city starting next year.

"We have to play the hand that we are dealt, we are trying to play it in the best interest of the people of Flint,” Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said.    

Weaver was in a rare appearance with Gov. Rick Snyder at a Tuesday morning news conference.

She disclosed the city’s tug of war isn’t over regarding the agreement with the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline from Lake Huron.

Weaver originally wanted out of the nearly $300 million agreement with KWA, however now she said it just won’t happen.

“None of us that are here representing the city of Flint were at the table when these decisions and these deals were made. I've always said that I didn’t think it was a good deal for the city of Flint, but that's where we are,” Weaver said. “One thing we know, contracts are very difficult to get out of, we can't do that."

Snyder is suggesting the state get involved by supplying a $4.2 million grant that would ease the financial burden faced by the city over the KWA and for the estimated $7 million the city must pay annually to get the pipeline going.

"If you look at this inside, one of the things the state wants to help with is to address the 3 mile pipeline issues that's required to make a connection working with KWA and potential backup water supply with the Great Lakes Water Authority,” Snyder said. “If the Flint River is not to use and no one wants to use the Flint River we need this 3 mile pipeline.”

The pipeline is scheduled to deliver Flint's drinking water next year. The deal will cost Flint an estimated $285 million over the next 30 years.

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