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Flint extends water contract with Detroit

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As work continues to replace lead pipes across the city of Flint, the water that flows through them will still be coming from Detroit for a while.

City officials approved an extension that will bring water into the city from Detroit until June of next year. However, Flint will be paying millions of dollars to extend its contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority based in Detroit,

"I think that's a necessary thing," said Jodi Cavanaugh, resident.

The city will pay $12.7 million for the water. That's a cost of $662,000 per month.

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would pump $100 million into Flint. The money would be used to help rebuild the Vehicle City's infrastructure.

State Senator Jim Ananich said he's pleased to see more action taking place at the federal level.

"It's much needed and it would help infrastructure. It would help replace infrastructure because at the end of the day, if we don't fix the pipes there's going to be no trust and there's going to be no long term fix," Ananich said.

As for Cavanaugh, she's hoping the developments will be a few of many steps to eventually end the water crisis.

"For the city to recover and continue Flint forward," she said.

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