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Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A quarter billion dollar water pipeline project broke ground today near the Lake Huron shoreline.

The source of the water was on the minds of the people at the groundbreaking, including Pastor Floyd Fuller who gave the invocation.

““Drink from your own cistern.   Running water from your own well,” Fuller said, quoting from the Book of Proverbs. 

The well in this case is not a well but a lake.  Lake Huron to be specific. 

The Karegnondi pipeline will draw water from Lake Huron and distribute it to Sanilac, Lapeer and Genesee counties.  Construction of the more than 70 mile pipeline is expected to take 30 months and cost $274 million dollars.   

Jeff Wright is the Genesee County Drain Commissioner. He says the pipeline will stabilize water rates.

“It ultimately saves the residents of Flint and Genesee County millions of dollars,” says Wright.

Flint’s decision to join the pipeline project irked officials with the Detroit's water system. Flint has gotten its water from Detroit for more than four decades.

Bill Nowling is the spokesman for Detroit’s emergency manager.  He says the city is looking at its “options”, but he notes that Flint will remain a Detroit Water and Sewerage Department customer for two more years.

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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