County commissioners to take up Flint water action plan

Jan 3, 2016

Flint’s plan to recover from its drinking water problems goes to the Genesee County commission Monday morning.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The city’s use of the Flint River for its drinking water damaged the city’s pipes, and exposed thousands of people to high levels of lead.  The city switched back to Detroit water last fall.  But city residents are still being told to use water filters.  

Mayor Karen Weaver is asking the county commission to give its ok to Flint’s plan to fix the problem.

“We need to take immediate action to keep the people of Flint out of harm’s way, and help those who have been affected,” Weaver says in a written statement. 

The Incident Action Plan calls for more water filters and blood lead testing. It also says thousands of water lines will need to be replaced. 

If the county commission approves, the plan will go on to the state.

Gov. Snyder must decide whether to request help from the Obama Administration that could potentially free up millions of dollars in federal funds.