Major step for new pipeline today

The Microtunnel Boring Machine has arrived.

The Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) has taken an important step today in its mission to bring water to Mid-Michigan, and replace the current service from Detroit.

Workers today started to use a Microtunnel Boring Machine (MTBM) in order to start the process to connecting to a pumping machine.

The pumping machine is located about 1,000 feet from the starting point. The MTBM will go under M-25 in Worth Township. This part of the project is expected to last about three weeks.

Once this step has been completed, the MTBM will begin boring toward Lake Huron. Once they reach the lake, barges and dive teams will attach the intake to the pipe.

All of this is happening 56 feet below the ground.

Before the MTBM started boring, the Genesee County Drain Commissioner, Jeff Wright, said, "This marks a key point in the project that will bring low cost, high quality drinking water to our residents."

The KWA project will serve Flint, as well as residents in Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac counties.

In April, the City of Flint rejected an offer to keep getting water service from the City of Detroit.