Flint mayor wants to avoid water switch after lead crisis

Flint mayor says water switch 'too risky' after lead crisis

Mayor Karen Weaver recommended, during a press conference, that the city stay with its current supplier, Detroit's Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA).

Last June, Weaver — who was elected after the crisis exploded — reluctantly announced that the city of 100,000 residents would still switch to the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline after the system was ready, even though she had threatened to break the agreement before concluding it would have been too hard. It could be that EPA rules requiring more corrosion control studies may have played a role in Weaver "reevaluating" her stand on KWA.

More officials connected to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, are facing felony charges.

Weaver's chosen option involves keeping the city on water supplied by the Great Lakes Water Authority, using treated water from Genesee County as a back-up source, and ending plans for Flint to treat raw water from the new Karengnondi Water Authority. Those following today's announcement will likely find tomorrow's Metro Times cover story of interest: ACLU reporter and MT alum Curt Guyette looks into the controversial pipeline's history, from the perspective of its opponents and its champions.

Karen Weaver's announcement Tuesday is a reversal.

The mayor said all pipes will be replaced in the city by 2019.

Using Flint River water was characterized as a temporary switch until the city's pipeline connecting to the Karegnondi Water Authority was complete.

Officials hope the city council approves the proposed deal by June.

The decision will be finalized in a few weeks after the city hears from the public in a town hall on April 20.

After an event in Grand Rapids, Snyder told reporters that the plan is a "major step forward" that benefits Flint, the county and the Detroit regional system.

"Continuing with GLWA means Flint would not have to switch water sources again", Weaver said.

Flint will also reportedly receive about $1.8 million in savings during the 30-year contract.

Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand.

Related News: