Final proposal from Detroit Water Department Rejected

22 Apr 2013

A couple weeks ago, the state of Michigan approved Flint’s plan to join Genesee and neighboring counties in the Karegnondi Water Authority project.  That approval, however, was subject to a final offer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD).  The final offer was delivered last week, but it appears that the proposal did not go far enough to lower costs in the Flint area and so Flint plans to join the pipeline project.  This means that Flint will ultimately separate from Detroit’s water system; an action that DWSD officials say will cause the department to lose about $22 million immediately and result in higher rates to residents throughout the region.  According to Genesee County officials, the rising costs and decreased reliability of Detroit’s system promoted the pipeline proposal.   

Once the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline is complete, Flint will get 16 million gallons of water per day from Lake Huron and 2 million from the Flint River.  The water will be treated in Flint at existing plants (after modifications are made) and then sold to city customers. 

For more on the DWSD’s take, here is their press release from earlier this month.

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