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Federal judge pushes back deadline on water source for City of Flint

Councilman Scott Kincaid shares why he believes council needs more time to make a decision on the city's water source. ( Photo: Courtney Wheaton)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The City Council in Flint, Michigan, is asking a federal judge for more time to choose a long-term source of drinking water in the wake of the city's lead-tainted water crisis.

On Monday, Judge David M. Lawson gave the MDEQ an extra 24 hours to respond to council's request for more time.

According to Councilman Scott Kincaid, Flint City Council would like to conduct an independent evaluation of the Flint Water Plant, KWA Water Source and GLWA contract before approving a 30- year deal with Detroit.

Kincaid says he worries that there will be annual increases in water bill prices that residents won't be able to afford.

The request was made in a Sunday court filing. Gov. Rick Snyder's administration sued Flint to force the council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency, which has been serving the city since a lead disaster was declared in fall 2015.

Mayor Karen Weaver agrees with the plan, but the council hasn't been persuaded. U.S. District Judge David Lawson last week set a Monday deadline.

Managers appointed by Snyder provided Flint with water from the Flint River in 2014. The corrosive water wasn't properly treated, and lead leached from old plumbing.

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