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Flint pastors want city to turn off the tap from Flint River

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A group of Flint pastors today called on the city and governor’s office to let Flint get its tap water from Detroit again.

Nearly a year ago, Flint stopped getting water from Detroit, and instead turned to the Flint River for its tap water.   

Since then there have been complaints about the appearance, taste, even health and safety of Flint’s tap water. 

Pastor Alfred Harris says the solution is simple: “Let’s go back to the Detroit water source and work out the details.”

But Flint’s emergency manager insists going back to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is not a financially viable option.

The pastors warn they may consider a lawsuit to force the city to go back to DWSD.

Meanwhile, the city of Flint plans millions of dollars in upgrades this summer

Howard Croft is the city’s public works director. He says they plan to install a new filtration system by July.

“Everybody understands this needs to be in … it needs to be functional … and it needs to work,” says Croft.

Croft says the city plans to remove a two-mile section of aging pipeline as well.  

Eventually, the city of Flint will start getting its tap water from a new pipeline being built from Lake Huron.  But the KWA pipeline is not expected to go online until sometime in 2016.   

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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