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With another water source switch on the horizon for Flint, officials meet behind closed doors

The last pipes for the KWA were laid earlier earlier this year.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
The last pipes for the KWA were laid earlier earlier this year.

Federal, state, and Flint officials sat down behind closed doors at city hall on Monday to discuss ways to respond to questions about the city’s planned switch to a new water source.

Possibly next year, the city will connect with the recently completed Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline.   The city is committed to switching to the KWA pipeline as its new primary source of drinking water. 

But over the summer, the Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter saying Flint has “significant challenges” providing clean, safe water in the long term.  EPA officials are concerned about Flint’s ability to properly treat the water coming from Lake Huron.

Improperly treated water from the Flint River damaged Flint pipes, which leached lead into the city’s tap water.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declined to say what was discussed during Monday’s meeting, saying only that, “at some point, we have to agree on something to move forward.”

A Genesee County drain commissioner spokesman says much of Monday’s meeting centered around the design and administration of constructing a pipeline to connect Flint to the new KWA pipeline.

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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