Flint to start using river water instead of water from Detroit department

Flint will use river water until until Lake Huron pipeline is finished

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14. Flint, Mich.

FLINT, Mich. - Flint's plans to get drinking water from the Flint River instead of the Detroit water department are expected to become reality on Monday.

The Flint Journal reports Flint's state-appointed emergency manager Darnell Earley and public works officials announced that they plan to open gates Thursday at the Flint water treatment plant, bringing in about 12 million gallons for test runs.

Representatives with the state Department of Environmental Quality will be on hand Friday.

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Under the plan, Flint will stop getting water from Lake Huron that's treated and pumped by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The use of Flint River water is a temporary measure until the Karegnondi Water Authority completes its pipeline in 2016 from Lake Huron.

Officials don't anticipate Flint will see any interrupted water service. 

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