flint water 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's budget process: meaningless or transitional? http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-budget-process-meaningless-or-transitional <p>Some Flint city council members and residents are expressing frustration with the way the city’s emergency manager is handling the creation of next year’s budget.</p><p></p><p>“We deserve better,” said one of the dozens of Flint residents who turned out for a public hearing on the proposed two-year city budget Monday night.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The plan includes eliminating 36 police positions and 19 firefighter jobs. The budget also calls for raising Flint’s already high water and sewer rates by 6% a year for each of the next two years.</p><p></p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17978 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's budget process: meaningless or transitional? 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 Warming temperatures may cause more water main breaks in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/warming-temperatures-may-cause-more-water-main-breaks-michigan <p>Temperatures across Michigan today are rising into the 50’s.</p><p></p><p>Warmer temperatures are expected to cause headaches for local water systems.</p><p></p><p>Water mains could break as surrounding ground thaws.</p><p></p><p>Flint is dealing with 30 to 40 water main breaks at any one time.</p><p></p><p>Howard Croft is Flint’s Public Works director.</p><p></p><p>He expects the number of water main breaks will increase this week…</p><p></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17033 at http://michiganradio.org Warming temperatures may cause more water main breaks in Michigan 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 Putting a price on two of the city of Flint's biggest assets http://michiganradio.org/post/putting-price-two-city-flints-biggest-assets <p>The city of Flint is hiring a major accounting firm to put a value on two of the city’s biggest assets.</p><p>Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley says Ernst &amp; Young will assess the value of Flint’s water system and the Hurley Medical Center.&nbsp;</p><p>“This does not automatically signal anything other than we want to know what the value of those assets is,” says Earley.</p><p>Earley says he wants to have the information for any future discussion of Flint’s overall financial health.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15700 at http://michiganradio.org Putting a price on two of the city of Flint's biggest assets 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