- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The decision to stop using water from the Flint River at the General Motors engine plant is expected to cost the city about $400,000 per year in lost revenue.

Department of Public Works Director Howard Croft said Monday that the city will allow the company to instead tap into a Flint Township water line. The agreement was made after GM said the city-supplied river water caused rusting on its engine parts, The Flint Journal (https://bit.ly/ZCmgUl ) reported.

Some members of the city council said emergency manager Darnell Earley and Mayor Dayne Walling failed to adequately inform them of the decision.

“If we are (being asked) to act in good faith, let’s have some good faith from the emergency manager,” First Ward Councilman Eric Mays said.

GM is expected to return as a Flint water customer when the city begins using Lake Huron water again, according to the Flint-GM agreement. The move is expected to happen when the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline is complete in about two years.

Seventh Ward Councilwoman Monica Galloway is worried GM’s decision will draw concerns about water quality from Flint residents. The city has battled with residual chlorine levels since it began providing the river water.

“I hope this doesn’t set a precedent for people to jump off (the Flint system) because of the quality of the water,” Galloway said.

A district engineer for the state Department of Environmental Quality said Monday that the city is producing safe water with acceptable chloride levels.

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


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