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Flint Mayor wants the city to stay on Detroit water

Flint’s mayor is pushing for the cash-strapped city to stay on Detroit water. Tuesday she made the announcement and assured the people of Flint this is the best option for the city that still doesn't have safe tap water without a filter. (Photo Credit: Stephanie Parkinson)

Flint’s mayor is pushing for the cash-strapped city to stay on Detroit water. Tuesday she made the announcement and assured the people of Flint this is the best option for the city that still doesn't have safe tap water without a filter.

"I am recommending the City of Flint remain with the Great Lakes Water Authority as its primary source of water,” said Karen Weaver, Mayor of Flint.

This new deal would mean Flint wouldn’t treat raw water at its newly updated water plant. Despite the upgrades made at the water treatment plant Mayor Weaver feels strongly this is the best way to go.

"We don't want to risk the water quality gains that have been made,” said Weaver.

Mayor Weaver made the announcement while standing beside leaders from the EPA, the governor's office, and the Karagondi Water Authority.

“The most important thing accomplished by this is protection of public health,” said Bob Kaplan, Acting Regional Director, EPA Region 5.

“The recommendation that I am proposing is truly a partnership as you can see with everybody standing here and seated there,” said Weaver.

Over 20 years the Mayor's plan would come with a price tag of $269 million but there are still nine options on the table. The one with the highest price tag comes in at $482 million.

If the Mayor is able to get her plan through GLWA would pay the $7 million annual bond payment to the KWA but would get the rights to 18 million gallons of raw water from the KWA.

“This is the cheapest option,” said Weaver.

If it goes through Flint would be locked into a 30-year contract with GLWA.

“The complexity and the moving parts and all of the people and organizations, and the leadership of these organizations, that needed to come together in order to enable this announcement, and this strategy and this direction, was nothing short of outstanding,” said Rich Baird, Advisor to Governor Rick Snyder.

Mayor Weaver says her proposal is the only option that would avoid a rise in water bills. There will now be 30 days for public comment before this goes to city council for vote.

There is a meeting Thursday for people who live in Flint to get more information on the mayor's proposal and the other water source options available. That meeting is at 5:30 pm at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church at 1851 W. Carpenter Road.

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