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The KWA pipeline might be the next target of an investigation

Mar 24, 2016

Work on the KWA pipeline project is nearing completion
Credit steve carmody / Michigan Radio

The Governor’s Flint water crisis task force is recommending a new investigation into the KWA pipeline project.

Flint’s emergency manager agreed to the switch in 2013 to save money. 

Task Force Co-Chair Ken Sikkema says there are questions about the pipeline project that prompted Flint to turn off the tap from Detroit.

“There were conflicting studies saying ‘Yeah it’s a good idea for Flint’, ‘It’s a bad idea for Flint’,” Sikkema told reporters Wednesday, “We’d like to have somebody do a thorough review.”

Sikkema recommended someone with finance and utility expertise.  

Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright says he welcomes any review of the reasoning for the KWA as well as their numbers.

The pipeline is expected to be completed this summer. Water from Lake Huron may start flowing to Flint by the end of the year.