Not to mention, the City of Flint began its use of [the poisoned] Flint River water as its primary source of drinking water on April 25, 2014 while Genesee County continued to purchase from Detroit water.
Detroit, which currently supplies the county's water, filed an eight-page letter with the DEQ on June 29 calling the Genesee pipe plan [to supply water to Flint directly from Lake Huron] flawed, redundant and costly, and claimed it would result in higher costs for Detroit customers if Genesee were to build a system to supply its own water.
> I guess #Detroit
hates the poor people of Flint #Michigan
In 2011, the city of Flint knew pumping the water from Lake Huron would be cheaper over time than buying water from Detroit, which the city has done for decades, or treating Flint River water, according to the analysis done by Rowe Engineering and presented to the Flint City Council [8/7/2011].
> I bet the #Flint
City Council had evidence of #lead
in the water supply from that 2011 report
Here's a quote from those in charge of the Flint switch to river water:
Leading up to the switch, numerous studies and tests had been conducted on the water by several independent organizations. Michael Prysby, from the Michigan DEQ Office of Drinking Water, verified that “the quality of water being put out meets all of our drinking water standards and Flint water is safe to drink.” The City of Flint will also continually test the water being provided to residents.
Rebecca Fedewa, director of the Flint River Watershed Coalition, a group that has been dedicated to monitoring the overall welfare of local bodies of water also agreed with the DEQ assessment saying “the Flint River is increasingly healthy and completely suitable as a drinking water source.” The FRWC is also inviting city residents to take part in their monitoring exercises this spring as a way to gain firsthand knowledge of the health and vitality of the Flint River.
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling who was on hand for the event invited everyone to toast to Flint’s water saying it’s regular, good, pure drinking water that’s right in our backyard and “this is the first step in the right direction for Flint, as we take this monumental step forward in controlling the future of our community’s most precious resource.”
Read More: Flint Officially Begins Using Flint River Water as Temporary Primary Water Source | http://wfnt.com/flint-officially-begins-using-flint-river-water-as-temporary-primary-water-source/?trackback=tsmcliphttp://flintriver.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-01-20-FRWC-Statement-on-City-of-Flint-Drinking-Water.pdf
Flint, Michigan -- As residents and officials seek information and solutions related to concerns over the city's drinking water, the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) is helping clarify the relationship between those challenges and the health of the local watershed.
Since April 2014, the City of Flint has drawn its source water from the Flint River, which is fed by a watershed that spans seven counties. Compared to large, continuous bodies of surface freshwater, such as the Great Lakes, rivers generally contain a greater -- and often varying -- concentration of organic materials, such as decaying leaves, fish waste, etc.
On January 2nd, City of Flint officials notified residents of elevated levels of trihalomethanes (TTHM)found in the public water supply. These chemicals result when chlorine is used to disinfect source water of organic and other materials; a standard practice among the country's municipalities.
As the city works to regulate TTHM in the local water supply, it's important to understand that it is the chemical treatment of that water, rather than the health of the river, that sparked the current problem, said FRWC Executive Director Rebecca Fedewa.
"We were deeply concerned when the elevated levels of TTHM were announced," she said. "We believe that all residents have the right to safe drinking water."
"It's also important to understand that the river contains naturally-occurring materials found in healthy aquatic ecosystems. It's the challenge of making that water suitable for people to drink, rather than the health of our local watershed, that sparked the current problem."
The city plans to begin obtaining its water from Lake Huron in late 2016, when construction of a new pipeline is expected to be completed by the Karegnondi Water Authority.
Fedewa notes that FRWC staff and volunteers have consistently found the health of the Flint River and surrounding watershed to be on the rise.
"As we join city and state officials in monitoring Flint's drinking water, we will also continue to track the quality and health of the Flint River, which remains among our community's most valuable assets."
From February, 2015:
Mayor Dayne Walling said today, Feb. 17, that about 40 business owners, elected officials and members of various community organizations have been asked to serve on the committee.
Walling said he and emergency manager Jerry Ambrose agreed to form the committee and said the group could expand beyond the initial individuals and groups that have been asked to participate.
Among them are City Council President Josh Freeman, the Concerned Pastors for Social Action, and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.
An announcement of the committee's formation was made by the city Monday, Feb. 16, and comes in the same week that recommendations for improving Flint water are expected to be made by consultant Veolia North America.
Water safety and quality have become a top issue for the city in recent months after it issued a notice that Flint's water supply was in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act because of the high level of total trihalomethanes (TTHM) in 2014.
Officials have said water quality is improving and is safe for the vast majority of people to drink without consulting their doctors, but the notices warn that water with high TTHM levels may cause increased health risks for those with a severely compromised immune system, who have an infant or who are elderly.
Residents have also increasingly voiced their concerns about the cost, appearance, smell and taste of Flint's water, which has been drawn from the Flint River since April [when the city switched to river water].