Flint reconnects to Detroit’s water system to resolve health issues
A health emergency occurred in Flint by switching the city's water source from Detroit’s water system to Flint River. The switch was made to save money, but it left children with increased lead levels. Now, Flint has reconnected to Detroit’s water system anticipating of resolving the health issues.
The city said Detroit water would run into the system with a complete replacement and this will happen in about three weeks.
“The money from the state to begin fixing Flint water by reconnecting to Detroit is just a start — a down payment. I am not going to stop until every drop of drinking water in Flint is 100 percent safe”, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said in a statement.
Flint from last year stopped getting its water from Detroit’s system because of a cost-cutting move. Using the Flint River as water source was supposed to be temporary until the city gets water from Lake Huron which will be completed next year.
The city people complained about the taste, appearance and smell of the river water and reported unpleasant health reactions. In three Flint schools higher amount of lead levels in children were found.
The Flint River is more acidic than Detroit’s water from Lake Huron and as controls were not executed, the river water pulled out lead from aging pipes that joined water mains to houses.
Flint will pay $2 million to reconnect the network and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has promised to pay $4 million. Snyder approved $9.3 million to overcome water related issues that includes money for, inspections, home water filters, lab testing, health services.
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