The Flint, Mich., City Council is considering a new short-term contract to purchase water from the Great Lakes Water Authority out of Detroit, in an agreement that will come at a 4.7 percent price increase for the water used. The agreement is imperative in order for the city to continue to receive pretreated water for its residents and businesses.
In a letter to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Sue F. McCormick, chief executive officer of GLWA, said that the 4.7 percent increase will be effective for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and “Flint will see the same average increase as our other wholesale customers,” MLive reports.
Following the failed attempt to switch the city’s source to the Flint River in April 2015, which led to the city’s lead-contamination crisis, Flint switched back to getting water from GLWA in October 2015.
According to MLive, Weaver is in favor of signing a long-term agreement with GLWA, but the other parties involved in that negotiation process, including GWLA and the city of Flint, have not yet approved that idea.
In the meantime, a resolution prepared for the City Council projects that the cost of the short-term agreement will total $3.6 million.
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Remember, it has been over three years now since the people in the city of Flint had clean water in their taps.
Read more at MLive.