After a brief delay, the city of Flint will finally start getting its drinking water exclusively from the Flint River starting this afternoon.
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.
The DEQ has now given its approval.
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.