Flint Council Approves Short-Term Deal for Drinking Water

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Flint Water
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The Flint City Council has voted to extend a water contract for two more years, despite a judge’s order that it come up with a long-term solution to get residents past a lead contamination crisis.

The council voted Monday for a two-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority, which has been supplying water since a lead disaster was declared in 2015.

The state of Michigan is suing Flint to force it to make a 30-year deal with Great Lakes Water. Federal Judge David Lawson last week ordered the council to accept that plan or come up with another long-term water source. It’s not known if a two-year pact will satisfy him.

Flint used the Flint River in 2014-15. The water wasn’t properly treated, and lead leached from old pipes.