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Flint residents still uneasy after last of KWA pipeline installed

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The final portion of the KWA pipeline was installed Saturday morning.

The pipe, which will bring water from Lake Huron, is the next phase for Flint and Genesee County water. The new water treatment plant is still in progress, so the switch to the new source is still in the future.

Even though the KWA dream is inching closer to completion, many Flint residents say it's not going to fix the problem.

“It probably would be beneficial in the long-run, but for now, we're trying to put a band aid over a real serious issue,” said Cedric Nickson, a Flint resident.

Nickson spent his Saturday passing out water bottles and wipes to Flint residents.

He said the KWA pipeline might be a good idea, if last two years of the Flint water crisis never happened.

“They should have researched the problem. They didn't count the costs in the beginning. Because they didn't, everyone is suffering here in Flint,” Nickson said.

For Tameka Thompson of Flint Lives Matter, she said since the switch to the Flint River and the corrosion of lead pipes that followed, now it doesn't matter the source of the water coming to Flint.

“We still don't have good pipes. The pipes are bad, they're corroded. No matter where we get the water from, it'll still be bad water going into people’s homes,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the city needs to focus on fixing lead service lines, before getting excited about the KWA pipeline.

“So many people's water pipes are bad, it might be too late,” she said.

Nickson said even though Flint may be fading from national attention, there's still a crisis in the city.

“We are already suffering. We have to think about the long term effects. With the adults and elderly. It's time to stop pointing fingers and get it done,” Nickson said.

Flint residents may be getting some good news in the next few weeks.

Virginia Tech students will be coming back to conduct more testing on the city's water.

This comes after recent tests showed that several testing sites fall under the legal lead limit after the water flows through a filter.

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