#Flint: 1,357 Days With No Clean Water; Control Over City Finances May Return to Local Government

Michigan National Guard Staff Sgt. James Green hands out a water test kit to be distributed to residents on Jan. 21, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (Paul Sancya/AP Images)
Michigan National Guard Staff Sgt. James Green hands out a water test kit to be distributed to residents on Jan. 21, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (Paul Sancya/AP Images)

As of Thursday, the people of Flint, Mich., have gone 1,357 days without clean water in their pipes. While the bureaucratic wheels of resolution continue to spin slowly, a state board voted Wednesday to return control over city financial decisions back to the local government.

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Flint’s finances have been monitored by the state-appointed Receivership Transition Advisory Board since the city came out of state oversight in April 2015. The Detroit News reports that Mayor Karen Weaver announced in a statement that the board voted to recommend a transition of authority back to the city administration and the City Council.

The next step will be for the board to make the official recommendation that Emergency Order 20 be rescinded and power over daily operations be restored to Flint officials.

When that happens, the city’s relationship with the board won’t be dissolved completely. The board will still be used to approve budgets and collective bargaining agreements, and through Public Act 436, it will still have statutory powers, too.

Weaver said in her statement:

This is another step in the right direction for Flint. Our city’s government has been under state control for years, and this is a decision the leaders and citizens of Flint have waited a long time for. …

I have always been in favor of home rule. The individuals that the residents elect should be able to make decisions and do the job they were elected to do. And we will continue doing what is in the best interest of the people and the future of Flint.

It was under state management that Flint switched its water source from Detroit to the Flint River in April 2014, leading to the lead-contamination crisis.

What, if any, difference this will make in how quickly people are able to get clean water to come out of their faucets remains to be seen.

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DISCUSSION

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Since the Virginia Tech water team left Flint because the lead levels were below EPA standards for action it’s unclear what you mean by ‘without clean water.’ The last major lead spike was traced to a lead fishing sinker that had been shoved into a faucet.

The 90 percentile lead level that meets EPA approved criteria shows, at first draw, a lead level of 9.8 parts per billion, below the 15 ppb federal action level. The result is consistent with official data collected by Michigan in May 2017, which reported a 90 percentile lead level of 6 ppb.


“If you define the end of the water crisis as having water quality parameters back in the range considered normal for other cities with old lead pipes, the answer is yes,” Edwards said when a reporter asked if the Flint crisis is over.

This was back in September 2017 and the data shows that it was OK back in May 2017. https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2017/09/eng-flintwaterresults.html