Flint moves ahead with ending use of Detroit water

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Flint is moving forward with plans to stop service from the Detroit water department and instead get drinking water from the Flint River.

Flint spokesman Jason Lorenz tells The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1lNYOKd ) that the city is targeting April 17 as the day to shut off water from Lake Huron that’s treated and pumped by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Water will be drawn from the Flint River instead.

Brad Wurfel, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Quality, says Flint has a series of permits and they’re “racing to get all this work done.”

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 that Flint will see any interrupted water service.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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