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Consultant's final report on Flint water due this week

Mar 8, 2015

This week, Flint’s emergency manager should receive the final report from a consultant hired to look at the city’s troubled water system.

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Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Drafts of the final report were circulated last week. 

Flint Emergency Manager Jerry Ambrose says the report will make specific recommendations on what chemicals to use, and how much of each, to treat Flint River water. The report will also touch on other operational issues facing the system.

“We’ll be looking at it and we will be developing our plan of action based on that,” says Ambrose.

Flint Emergency Manager Jerry Ambrose

The final report will be presented to the city council March 18. 

Complaints about the water’s appearance and safety have grown during the past year, since the city started getting its tap water from the Flint River. 

The city was cited from violating the federal Safe Drinking Water Act after higher than acceptable levels of a disinfectant by-product were detected. Tests in February showed the levels of Total Trihalomethane were back within acceptable limits. 

The city previously received treated water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Flint hopes to soon start getting water via a new pipeline connecting to Lake Huron. But the Karegondi Water Authority pipeline is not expected to be operational until sometime in 2016.