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Flint dealing with water issues

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Flint’s water department is getting plenty of complaints about the smell and taste of the city’s tap water.

This Spring, the city started using water from the Flint River after decades of getting its water from Detroit.

Daugherty Johnson is Flint’s utilities administrator. He says complaints about Flint’s water are nothing new.

“We’ve certainly had more complaints since the switch over…and we recognize those hardness issues that we’re working through right now,” says Johnson.

“What we have to do is respond to that and find a way to fix it…make it better and move on,” says Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley.

Despite the complaints, Earley says there is no intention of going back to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

Flint residents will continue to get their tap water from the Flint River for the next several years.

Eventually, Flint will get water from a new pipeline being built from Lake Huron. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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