Gov. Snyder says Flint should move back to Detroit water

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - As the water crisis in Flint continues, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced on Thursday that he believes Flint should move back to the Detroit water system.

According to the governor's office, Snyder said the city should use the Great Lakes Water Authority as the source of the drinking water until the Karegnondi Water Authority Pipeline is completed. The KWA controls the water system in Flint, and the pipeline is expected to be completed next summer.

Snyder said he would ask the state legislature to provide half of the $12 million that is needed to reconnect Flint with the Great Lakes Water Authority.

On top of that, Flint city government would have to provide $2 million and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has committed the other $4 million needed.

“All Flint residents need clean, safe drinking water,” Snyder said in a release. “The technical experts helping the city on its water advisory all agree this move back to the Great Lakes Water Authority provides the best public health protection for children and families.

Right now, Flint is under a public health emergency because of corrosive water with lead from old pipes.

According to Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, reconnecting back to Detroit is the "fastest way to deliver clean, safe water to Flint and stabilize the infrastructure system."

Reconnecting to the GLWA will not solve all of Flint's problems, according to Snyder. It will take time for the pipes to get coated with the phosphate corrosion control. Because of that, some houses in the city could have lead in their drinking water until all pipes and plumbing are replaced.

Free water filters are available for Flint residents. For those enrolled in Michigan Department of Health and Human Services assistance programs, you can get them at the 125 E. Union St. or 4809 Clio Rd. MDHHS locations.

Anyone not enrolled in MDHHS assistance programs can get the filters t the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department offices at 2727 Lippincott and 601 N. Saginaw in Flint.

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