Flint chooses KWA as future water source

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver held a joint press conference Tuesday, June 21, 2016 to announce the future of Flint water. (Mike Horne - NBC25/FOX66 News)

FLINT, Mich. (WEYI/WSMH) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver held a joint press conference Tuesday to announce the future of Flint water.

During the press conference, Weaver said Flint will continue with the original plan of using the Karegnondi Water Authority.

Weaver explained that no one representing the city now made the initial deal with the KWA.

While the city will use the KWA, Weaver says that the county agreed to pay for engineering costs associated with the 3.2-mile pipeline; the other financing will be coming from a financial arrangement and a grant from the State of Michigan.

The KWA will have greater Flint representation from the City of Flint.

Weaver says she isn't excited about this move, but that it will allow the city to move forward.

The Flint River will not be used as a primary or backup water source.

As previously reported by NBC25/FOX66 News, this move will cost the city tens of millions of dollars.

The state will provide $4.2 million for the city to connect to the KWA water source.

The Flint City Council is also supporting this move.

The backup source of water, which is needed before the KWA can become active in Flint, has not yet been determined. It also hasn't been decided from where the money for that backup source will come.

Stay with NBC25/FOX66 News for more on this still-developing story online and on the air tonight on NBC25 News @ 6!

Flint's water crisis began in April 2014, when the city's water supply shifted away from the Detroit water system and to Flint River water. Later, it was discovered that the river water was leeching lead from the aging pipes in the city and putting it in the water. Tests of the city's children showed that many had elevated lead levels in their blood. In October 2015, the city switched back to the Detroit water supply, but the water is still considered unsafe to drink.

Now, residents rely on bottled water and water filters provided by donations and the state.


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