- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Several local groups held a town hall meeting in Flint to inform residents about a recent injunction regarding the city’s troubled water supply.

More than 100 residents attended the meeting Thursday night at the Vernon Chapel AME Church in Flint. It was organized by Councilman Eric Mays, the Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the Coalition for Clean Water and other groups.

Attorney Val Washington, who’s suing the city over its water rates and policies, spoke to the crowd and explained what the preliminary injunction means to them as water customers.

A judge has ordered the city of Flint to roll back water and sewer rates by 35 percent, to end a ready-to-service fee, to repay its water and sewer fund by more than $15 million, and to stop water disconnections and liens for past-due bills effective Aug. 7, the day the preliminary injunction was signed, Washington explained to the crowd.

Washington said a hearing will be held Monday to determine whether the case will become a class action lawsuit, the Flint Journal (https://bit.ly/1KpB39A ) reported.

“Monday is significant because any time you file a case that you’re calling a class action it’s not a class action until the judge says it’s a class action by signing an order that certifies that there’s a class of people who have been affected by the conduct that you’re suing over. That’s the significance of Monday,” he said, adding that he encourages residents to attend the hearing.

If the judge doesn’t sign the order on Monday, only two clients will be involved in the lawsuit as opposed to thousands, Washington said.

At the meeting on Thursday, the Concerned Pastors for Social Action announced plans to give away 1,500 water filters to Flint residents on Tuesday.

The city has been in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act since the beginning of this year because of elevated levels of total trihalomethanes in water samples.

Since last April, when the city started using the Flint River as its water source, some residents have complained about the smell, taste and appearance of their water.

City officials said this week that they’re lowering bills effective immediately to comply with the judge’s ruling.

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

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