Flint mayor wants to avoid water switch after lead crisis

Flint mayor says water switch 'too risky' after lead crisis

Flint mayor says water switch 'too risky' after lead crisis

Great Lakes Water Authority CEO Sue McCormick says WRAP provides many resources such as bill payment and plumbing fix assistance.

Local, state and federal officials have cheered Mayor Karen Weaver's recommendation for keeping Flint connected to what was the Detroit water system.

She said a year ago that the city of about 100,000 residents would stick with a plan to ultimately draw from a new pipeline that is being built to Lake Huron.

Flint's water was tainted with lead for at least 18 months, starting in spring 2014. It comes years after a pipe switch resulted in children ingesting lead from corroded pipes.

"I can not change the past but [I'm] excited about where are today", said Mayor Weaver. "Ensuring the public's health and safety is nor No. 1 top priority".

NBC notes that there was also E. coli detected as well as high levels of a carcinogenic disinfectant byproduct. Experts suspect a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak was tied to the water. Flint returned to the Great Lakes Water Authority, which also services Detroit, in 2015. But she reevaluated that decision as a condition of Flint soon receiving $100 million in federal funding to address the disaster. The second annual Hoop 4 Water celebrity basketball game scheduled for May 20 will raise money for Flint.

The KWA will become a backup source of water for the GLWA, creating needed redundancy in the system that supplies water to 3.9 million customers in 127 communities in Southeast Michigan.

There will be a 30-day comment period before the proposal goes to the city council for approval, according to the AP.

Because of the requirements of the Drinking Water Revolving Fund, the city is required to open the discussion about future water source to residents, starting with the town hall meeting.

Bob Kaplan, acting regional director for the Environmental Protection Agency, said the agreement is "the best long-term solution".

Weaver said switching the water source again is too risky and staying with Detroit's water supply from Lake Huron is less expensive.

"I'm concerned about that", he said.

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