Detroit offers Flint a water deal
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:36:58 GMT —
Detroit water officials are offering Flint an olive branch---a deal for the city to switch back to Detroit water but city officials say the offer is still too expensive.
Marwan Hamade can't quite put his finger on it but he's not happy with the water at his Corunna Road business.
â??It doesn't taste right,â?? says Hamade whose family has owned The Bread Basket for four decades. Hamade says it's time to flip the switch back to Detroit water.
â??Itâ??s going to cost us more probably but at least we can have drinking water,â?? says Hamade.
Detroit water officials sending a letter to Flint earlier this month, saying, in part, they could reconnect the city to Detroit water without a reconnection fee.
â??I like what Iâ??m hearing,â?? says Flint councilman Eric Mays.
But in January 9th letter, former emergency manager Darnell Earley says using Detroit will cost the cash-strapped Vehicle City an estimated $1-million per month. Thatâ??s money Earley says the city doesn't have.
â??Weâ??re talking 30, 60, 90 days or however long it takes to get experts or consultants to clear up this problem,â?? says Mays. â??People need good water yesterday."
Itâ??s water Hamade says he wouldn't mind shelling out a few more bucks for.
The letter from the emergency manager says that money would be better spent hiring outside water consultants to make sure the water coming out of this plant is up to par.
The city spokesman telling NBC25 News, they're now seeking out those consultants.
Councilman Mays is participating in another town hall meeting about the water Wednesday night at 7p.m. at city hall.
To see Detroit's letter, click here: Detroit's Letter to Flint
To see the Emergency Manager's letter, click here: Emergency Manager letter regarding Detroit Water