Karegnondi Water Authority http://michiganradio.org en Flint plans to shut off water pipeline from Detroit today http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-plans-shut-water-pipeline-detroit-today <p>After a brief delay, the city of Flint will finally start getting its drinking water exclusively from the Flint River starting this afternoon.</p><p></p><p>City leaders had hoped to start tapping the Flint River earlier this week. But the state Department of Environmental Quality refused to give its final OK until more work was done on a disinfectant system.</p><p></p><p>The DEQ has now given its approval.</p><p></p><p>So this afternoon at 2 p.m., Flint city officials will shut the valve on the intake pipe that brings water to the city from Detroit.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17354 at http://michiganradio.org Flint plans to shut off water pipeline from Detroit today Consultant says Flint needs to charge more for water and sewer service http://michiganradio.org/post/consultant-says-flint-needs-charge-more-water-and-sewer-service <p>Flint’s water customers may need to prepare to pay more for their tap water.</p><p></p><p>A consultant is recommending the city plan on annual rate hikes for the foreseeable future.</p><p></p><p>Flint’s aging water system has endured more than a hundred water main breaks since New Year’s Day. The city is also planning on replacing water service from Detroit by tapping into the Flint River and eventually a new pipeline that would reach Lake Huron.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:41:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 17199 at http://michiganradio.org Consultant says Flint needs to charge more for water and sewer service Flint to pressure water customers to pay their overdue bills http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-pressure-water-customers-pay-their-overdue-bills <p>Flint officials will soon be more aggressive about getting people and businesses to pay their water bills.</p><p></p><p>Right now, the Flint water department is dealing with 30 to 40 water main breaks at any one time. That’s primarily the fault of the brutal winter weather.</p><p></p><p>But the water department has another problem and it has to do with inflow of cash.</p><p></p><p>Emergency manager Darnell Earley says the city is going to start putting more pressure on homeowners and businesses with delinquent water bills.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17013 at http://michiganradio.org Flint to pressure water customers to pay their overdue bills Flint's old Buick City is getting a new tenant http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-old-buick-city-getting-new-tenant <p>An old auto plant site is getting new life in Flint.</p><p></p><p>"We are proud to announce,” Flint Mayor Dayne Walling told a news conference today, “American Pipe will be made in Flint”</p><p></p><p>Alabama-based American Cast Iron Pipe Company confirmed today that it plans to build a new multi-million dollar manufacturing plant on part of the old Buick City site.</p><p></p><p>The factory will produce pipes for a project to bring water from Lake Huron to Genesee County.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:04:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 15272 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's old Buick City is getting a new tenant Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/ground-broken-quarter-billion-dollar-water-pipeline-michigan <p>A quarter billion dollar water pipeline project broke ground today near the Lake Huron shoreline.</p><p></p><p>The source of the water was on the minds of the people at the groundbreaking, including Pastor Floyd Fuller who gave the invocation.</p><p></p><p>““Drink from your own cistern.&nbsp;&nbsp; Running water from your own well,” Fuller said, quoting from the Book of Proverbs.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The well in this case is not a well but a lake.&nbsp; Lake Huron to be specific.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:42:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 13304 at http://michiganradio.org Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan Flint ending Detroit water contract, DWSD looking at its options http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-ending-detroit-water-contract-dwsd-looking-its-options <p>The city of Flint is dumping its contract with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.</p><p></p><p>Flint emergency manager Ed Kurtz signed a contract today to get the city’s water from a new pipeline that’s being built from Lake Huron to Genesee County.</p><p></p><p>Officials with Detroit's system made a final offer to try and keep Flint’s business. But Kurtz says the numbers were “unreliable.”</p><p></p><p>“After the first year…for 29 years they could raise those rates…do any kind of capital expenditures…anything they wanted to do…and just add them to our bill,” says Kurtz.</p><p></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:22:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 12170 at http://michiganradio.org Flint ending Detroit water contract, DWSD looking at its options This could be a pivotal day in the 'Water War' between Flint and Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/could-be-pivotal-day-water-war-between-flint-and-detroit <p>Today is the last chance for Detroit water department officials to make their case to keep Flint as a customer.</p><p></p><p>The state Treasury Department gave the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department until this evening to present its final best offer to the city of Flint.</p><p></p><p>Flint has been a DWSD customer for many years. But Flint city officials say they want to get their tap water from a new Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline being built from Lake Huron to Genesee County.</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:10:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12134 at http://michiganradio.org This could be a pivotal day in the 'Water War' between Flint and Detroit Could there be a "Water War" between Flint and Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-there-be-water-war-between-flint-and-detroit <p>A battle is brewing over where the city of Flint will get its tap water.</p><p></p><p>Last month, the Flint city council voted to join a project to get fresh water from Lake Huron. &nbsp;&nbsp;Supporters say the project will save the city millions of dollars by replacing its current water source: the city of Detroit.</p><p></p><p>But the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is asking the state Treasury Department to veto the plan.</p><p></p><p>Bill Johnson is with the DWSD. He says state officials need to step in to prevent a “water war.”</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:47:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 11970 at http://michiganradio.org Could there be a "Water War" between Flint and Detroit? Flint opting to get its future tap water from Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-opting-get-its-future-tap-water-lake-huron <p>The Flint city council has voted to get its future water supply directly from Lake Huron.</p><p></p><p>The city council last night committed Flint to a contract to get 16 million gallons of water a day from a new pipeline.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Flint has been getting its tap water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.&nbsp;&nbsp; But that has become more and more expensive in recent years.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Supporters, like Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, say the new Lake Huron pipeline would be cheaper.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:33:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 11860 at http://michiganradio.org Flint opting to get its future tap water from Lake Huron Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-delay-decision-water-pipeline-project-again <p>The Flint city council has delayed a decision on whether to take part in a quarter billion dollar project to tap water from Lake Huron for the city’s drinking water. The panel delayed taking action on the proposal last week as well.</p><p></p><p>The project has been in development for years. But supporters say they will soon have to start work on the project. They want Flint leaders to decide now if the city is going to be part of the project.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:04:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 11752 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again Flint city council to consider signing on to water pipeline project http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-consider-signing-water-pipeline-project <p>A decision could come tonight that may determine if the city of Flint will look elsewhere to get its tap water.</p><p></p><p>The Flint city council will consider whether to sign on with a project to build a pipeline to carry water from Lake Huron to Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac Counties.</p><p></p><p>The quarter billion dollar <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2010/10/karegnondi_water_authority_set.html">Karegnondi Water Authority</a> project has been in the discussion stages for years, but actual work on the pipeline may begin soon.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 04:44:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11724 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city council to consider signing on to water pipeline project Massive Lake Huron water pipeline moving forward http://michiganradio.org/post/massive-lake-huron-water-pipeline-moving-forward <p>There&#39;s a plan for the third biggest Great Lake, Huron, to be tapped by a 72 to 78 inch pipeline.</p><p>The Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) is planning to start construction on a pipeline that will carry Lake Huron water to areas around the I-69 corridor of Michigan&#39;s Thumb area.</p><p>(Karengnondi is a old <a href="http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/05/genesee_oakland_counties_adopt.html">Petan Indian word</a> meaning &quot;lake.&quot;)</p><p>The KWA is made up of officials from Flint, Lapeer, Genesee County, Lapeer County, and Sanilac County.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/03/genesee_county_starts_on_desig.html">Flint Journal</a> reports that Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright said the county has started designing the &quot;massive intake to draw water from Lake Huron,&quot; and that ground should be broken on the new water pipeline project by fall.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are starting the design of the intake,&quot; which will allow for construction on that piece of the $600 million pipeline project, Wright said.<br /><br />The drain commissioner said the intake itself, which is expected to cost about $30 million, will take longer to finish than any other part of the project, and &quot;the design requirements are the same whether any community drops out (of the project) or not.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The City of Flint, initially a partner in the project, might be forced to step aside because of its financial situation.</p><p>On it&#39;s <a href="http://www.karegnondi.com/pages/About-Us">website</a>, the KWA says the pipeline is being built to &quot;avoid increased water rates from the City of Detroit, which could increase by up to 15% per year.&quot; Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:45:33 +0000 Mark Brush 6762 at http://michiganradio.org Massive Lake Huron water pipeline moving forward