kwa http://michiganradio.org en Flint dealing with water issues http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-dealing-water-issues <p>Flint’s water department is getting plenty of complaints about the smell and taste of the city’s tap water.</p><p></p><p>This Spring, the city started using water from the Flint River after decades of getting its water from Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Daugherty Johnson is Flint’s utilities administrator. He says complaints about Flint’s water are nothing new.</p><p></p><p>“We’ve certainly had more complaints since the switch over…and we recognize those hardness issues that we’re working through right now,” says Johnson.</p><p></p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18004 at http://michiganradio.org Flint dealing with water issues 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 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 Flint water rates to be reviewed http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-water-rates-be-reviewed <p>The rates <a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/Utilities/utilities.asp">Flint residents pay for water</a> are going to be reviewed.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:00:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 14894 at http://michiganradio.org Flint water rates to be reviewed 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 Judge dismisses lawsuit over Flint's city water rates http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-dismisses-lawsuit-over-flints-city-water-rates <p>An effort to roll back Flint’s recent spike in water and sewer rates has failed.</p><p></p><p>On Friday, a Genesee County Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Flint.</p><p></p><p>Flint's city council president sued, after the mayor, then later the state appointed emergency manger, increased city water and sewer rates. The increases effectively doubled the rate for city water customers</p><p></p><p>City leaders claim the rate increase was needed to pay for rising water system expenses.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:52:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13198 at http://michiganradio.org Judge dismisses lawsuit over Flint's city water rates