Flint rejects offer to keep getting Detroit water service, plans to tap new pipeline project
Detroit will supply Flint for next 3 years during construction of Karegnondi Water Authority project
Flint officials have rejected an offer to keep getting water service from Detroit and instead will participate in a pipeline project to tap Lake Huron.
Flint officials announced their decision Tuesday.
The state of Michigan last week approved Flint's plans, subject to review of a final offer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Detroit will supply Flint for the next three years during construction of the Karegnondi Water Authority project.
Flint plans to get millions of gallons of water per day from Lake Huron, pipe it to Flint for treatment and then sell it to city customers. Detroit water officials say they could lose $22 million if Flint leaves its system and other customers could see higher rates.
Detroit's water system serves about 4 million people in southeastern Michigan.
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