Genesee County opens new water plant - WNEM TV 5

Genesee County opens new water plant

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Tuesday was a landmark day for communities across Genesee County as new water will soon be flowing through their taps.

The Genesee County Water Treatment Plant is now open and will begin treating Lake Huron water for some Genesee County cities.

Even though Flint is not one of those cities, there is a lot at stake when switching water sources based on Flint's experience.

Crowds applauded the unveiling of the new plant.

For County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright, Tuesday was also a day to celebrate the switch to the Karegnondi Water Pipeline.

In just a few days the county water supply will switch from the Detroit water system to its own water system and start getting water from the KWA.

"It really brings low priced, high quality water to the center of the state. Which puts us at a great economic place to be in," Wright said.

Wright said the decision to change water sources will save residents money on their water bills, but he cautions the savings won't happen right away.

"Now they will go down dramatically when the debt services paid off. But what we're in a position to do is guarantee that there won't be any double digit rate increases," Wright said.

Wright said 20 cities and towns will get their water from the KWA including cities like Burton and Grand Blanc Township. He expects more communities to get on board.

Wright said customers will start receiving water from the KWA pipeline as soon as this weekend.

A notice will be sent out 72 hours to people before the switch is made.

Wright insists people will not notice a difference in the quality of their H2O.

"We're using the same like water. We're using the same treatment process that the old trade system uses. The only difference is, we have a new plant and we've done everything we can do to match the same water," Wright said.

In 2013, before the water crisis began, the city of Flint signed on with the KWA.

Once Mayor Karen Weaver was voted in and the water crisis came to light, she was hesitant to stay with the KWA. She said she wanted to make sure the city's water source was the safest, most affordable deal for Flint.

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