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MDEQ: Flint is again in violation of Safe Drinking Water Act

The city of Flint is again in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. – The city of Flint is again in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

In a letter sent to the city, the MDEQ says deficiencies in Flint’s water system were discovered during an August 2017 sanitary survey.

That survey listed ‘significant deficiencies’ in the areas of source, distribution system, finance, and management & operations.

Deficiencies were also noted in the areas of finished water storage, operator compliance and security.

Upon receiving the violation notice from MDEQ, the city was given 120 days to take corrective action and 30 days to contact the department to discuss that action.

It is unclear if the city took any of the necessary steps.

The department has now issued an administrative consent order for Flint to follow in order to bring the city into compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The city has previously been in violation of that act.

Mayor Weaver reacted to the letters from MDEQ saying they were in response to a lawsuit the city has filed against the state.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is responding to Mayor Weaver's allegations saying, "The concerns expressed by MDEQ have been ongoing. A letter outlining the significant deficiencies was sent to the city for action over nine months ago in August 2017. The matter at hand is working together to address these deficiencies to help ensure that the city continues to have quality drinking water."

A full list of the deficiencies outlined by MDEQ and what has been resolved can be found here.

Copies of the survey review, the letter to Mayor Karen Weaver by MDEQ and the full consent order can be found below:


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